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Johnston hospitals limiting visitors 

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UNC Health has placed restrictions on visitors to its hospitals in Clayton and Smithfield.

With few exceptions, UNC Health has banned visitors to inpatient areas of its hospitals. However, the hospitals will allow: 

• One visitor per pediatric patient.

• Partners of women in labor.

• One Emergency Department companion.

• One outpatient area companion.

• One companion for in-person discharge instructions.

• One visitor for 24 hours following a surgery or invasive procedure. 

The hospitals will determine the number of visitors for end-of-life situations on a case-by-case basis. Also, the hospital may allow family members or significant others whose presence is essential to patient care.

The hospitals are allowing no visitors 17 and younger, and they’re discouraging visitation by adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

The Clayton and Smithfield hospitals have limited the number of places where people can center. All visitors, patients, vendors and contractors will be screened at designated entry points. And all visitors allowed to enter must pass a health screening.

People with fever, cough or shortness of breath should not visit patients. Neither should people who have come into contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Patients under COVID-19 investigation may not have any visitors unless the hospital approves compassionate care.

“These restrictions have been put in place to protect everyone’s safety,” UNC Health said in a news release. “The best scientific data and expertise inform us that ‘social distancing’ is an essential element in successful efforts to contain the spread of COVID- 19. We must do our part to support these guidelines and remain a good community partner.”

The hospital encourages Johnstonians to visit patients using FaceTime, Skype or similar software.

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