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COVID-19 Updates


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Please be aware that mask-wearing is required at all UNC Health facilities.

Published on August 20, 2020

UNC Lenoir’s Response to COVID-19

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Current Visitor Guidelines

Revised 23 August 2021

NO VISITOR, EMPLOYEE, VENDOR, VOLUNTEER, OR STUDENT WITH FEVER, COUGH, COLD OR FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, VOMITING, AND DIARRHEA, OR LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL SHOULD ENTER UNC LENOIR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.

NO VISITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE PERMITTED. VISITORS WHO BELIEVE THEY ARE HIGH-RISK, PREGNANT, OR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED ARE DISCOURAGED FROM VISITING.

ALL VISITORS MUST PASS A HEALTH SCREENING, WEAR PROPER FACE PROTECTION, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PROPER HAND HYGIENE WHILE IN THE FACILITY.

EXCEPTIONS TO THIS VISITOR POLICY MAY BE MADE BY THE CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

General Guidelines

  1. An appropriate mask will be provided to visitors during the screening process.
  2. In addition to these guidelines, specific guidelines are defined for Inpatient, Family Birth Center, Emergency, Surgery, and Outpatient.
  3. Visitors should not be present during aerosol-generating procedures or during the collection of respiratory specimens. When the visitor cannot remain in the room, the visitor should relocate to the nearest available waiting room.

Inpatient Unit Visitation

  1. One healthy, adult visitor will be permitted in the inpatient areas. This visitor will be screened and required to wear a mask at all times.
    1. If the patient’s condition requires a caregiver that is essential to the patient’s care and the visitor stays overnight, the visitor must be rescreened DAILY by the departmental Charge Nurse.
  2. The visitor must remain in the patient room at all times.
    1. Exception: may visit the cafeteria for meal take out or to gift shop
    2. Visitors are encouraged to limit the number of times they enter and exit the building.
  3. Patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 may NOT have visitors (except in the case of laboring women, pediatric patients, end-of-life care, or other special circumstances).
  4. Two parents/guardians may stay with a patient in a pediatric area of the hospital. a. Pediatric COVID-19 positive patients are allowed one asymptomatic parent to stay in the room, but if they leave they cannot return.

Family Birth Center

  1. One designated, screened visitor will be permitted to accompany the laboring mother and visit during labor and delivery. Post-partum, FBC will follow inpatient visitation guidelines.
    1. If the birth partner (visitor) stays overnight, the visitor must be rescreened DAILY by the departmental Charge Nurse.
    2. If the newborn needs an extended stay and the mother is discharged, both parents will be allowed to visit their newborn.
  2. Birth partners are allowed to accompany the patient for a cesarean section procedure.
  3. An additional visitor will be allowed into the facility to sign legal documents (i.e. birth certificates).

Emergency Department

  1. One designated screened visitor will be permitted to accompany each ED patient, including the treatment area, unless the patient is a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient. In this case, the visitor must remain in the ED waiting area.
  2. Two parents/guardians will be permitted to accompany each pediatric ED patient.
    1. Both parents/guardians may accompany the patient to the treatment area and remain for a brief period but one parent/guardian should return to the waiting area for the remainder of the visit unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Surgical/Cath Lab Patients

  1. One designated, screened visitor will be permitted to accompany each adult surgical patient.
    1. The visitor must remain in the waiting area until invited by a nurse to the pre and post-op area.
  2. Two parents/guardians will be permitted to accompany each pediatric surgical patient.
    1. One parent/guardian may accompany the patient in the pre and post-operative area as needed.

Outpatient Departments 

  1. All outpatient departments may permit one designated screened visitor to accompany each adult outpatient.
    1. Visitor may be asked to remain in the designated outpatient waiting area.
  2. Pediatric patients are permitted two parents/guardians, one of which may be permitted to accompany the patient in the treatment area.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call UNC Lenoir Health Care today at 252-522-7000.