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Vidant expands visitation across system

As Vidant Health continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic across North Carolina, it is taking steps to ensure the safety of all. Vidant is remaining vigilant with its screening process for all visitors, entry requirements and visitor restrictions by department.

In response to decreased community spread and team member and community vaccination efforts, Vidant is carefully expanding visitation across the system. Effective 8 a.m. Thursday, March 18, Vidant will allow one healthy adult visitor, who is screened and masked, in most inpatient departments at hospitals and clinics across the system during open hours. Visitor may switch out with only one other visitor during hours of visitation for the day, 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

This is an evolving situation and Vidant continues to monitor the spread and examine local data, including COVID-19 cases in the region and in hospitals, and will adjust visitation restrictions accordingly.

Vidant strongly encourages visitors to consider virtual visitation options such as FaceTime and phone calls.

Assistance with virtual visits, including iPads for patients without the necessary technology, is available on request. Virtual visitation is the safest way to stay connected with a loved one.

Patients should limit their belongings to a few key items and refer to the below tips: Bring your phone, tablet or other electronic device to connect with family members; limit clothing to clean undergarments and one outfit for discharge; and wear or pack non-slip shoes