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UNC Health Hospitals Lift Temporary Visitor Restrictions Due to Reduced Influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 Cases

Following a decline in hospital admissions related to influenza, RSV, and COVID-19, UNC Hospitals, UNC Health Rex, and UNC Health Chatham will, from 7 a.m. on Monday, March 25, terminate their age-based visitor restrictions across certain areas within their inpatient hospitals. Consequently, visitors 11 years old and below will have their access reinstated to inpatient areas and waiting rooms in UNC Hospitals’ Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Youth Behavioral Health in Butner campuses; UNC Health Rex in Raleigh and Holly Springs; as well as the UNC Health Chatham in Siler City. However, visitors exhibiting respiratory symptoms will not be allowed into these locations. Routine visiting policies are slated to continue across the remaining areas under UNC Hospitals jurisdiction. Healthy visitors across all age groups are welcome in lobbies, retail, and food areas.

It should be noted that other hospitals within the UNC Health system determine their own visitor restrictions and policies, taking into consideration local trends among other factors. Those planning to visit patients in the hospital are advised to consult with the clinical team of their hospitalized loved ones or to check for updates under the ‘Visitor Policy’ section on hospital websites. In an attempt to protect patients and hospital staff, visitors that have recently shown symptoms of respiratory illnesses, or are currently feeling unwell, are implored to stay home. The use of face masks for all visitors within the hospital premises is highly encouraged. Hospital leadership, guided by the continuous surveillance of key criteria by the infection prevention teams, make decisions on when to enforce or lift visitor restrictions.

UNC Health, a state entity and an affiliated enterprise of the University of North Carolina system, consists of 15 hospitals, 19 hospital campuses, and more than 900 clinics, coupled with the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine (SOM). Its mandate is improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians and other communities served while propagating the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina SOM. With an uncompensated charity care provision exceeding $800 million within the last five years, the UNC Health hospitals have won multiple accolades for the quality of care, patient safety, and overall patient experience.

Source: https://news.unchealthcare.org/2024/03/temporary-age-based-visitor-restrictions-to-be-lifted-on-monday-march-25-at-unc-hospitals-unc-health-rex-and-unc-health-chatham/

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