UNC Health is committed to patient-centered, safe care throughout all of our hospitals and health care facilities.
Due to the growing spread of coronavirus / COVID-19 in North Carolina, and to limit the risk of exposure for patients, caregivers, and employees, UNC Health will be enacting more stringent restrictions for visitors at its facilities.
Update to Visitor Policy for UNC Medical Center (including the Hillsborough Hospital), UNC REX and Johnston Health starting June 22, 2020
Effective Monday, June 22, UNC Medical Center (including the Hillsborough Hospital), UNC REX Hospital and Johnston Health will ease restrictions for hospital visitors. One designated, screened visitor per patient for the duration of his/her stay will be permitted in the majority of inpatient areas. Visiting hours will be from 1 p.m. – 9.p.m. with a designated visitor. Doulas will be allowed to accompany a laboring mother while she is on labor and deliver; this is in addition to the designated birth partner who comes with the patient. All visitors will be subject to health screening at any time. No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit for the foreseeable future. Visitors who are over 65, pregnant or immunocompromised are discouraged from visiting.
Other restrictions include:
- All visitors must pass a health screening. No visitor with fever, cough, cold or flu-like symptoms may enter any UNC Health Triangle area facility. These visitor restrictions may be revised as the COVID-19 situation evolves. No one should visit a patient if they have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- An appropriate mask will be provided to visitors during the screening process. Visitors will be required to wear the mask at all times and will not be allowed to remain in the hospital or clinic without one.
- Patients under COVID-19 investigation may not have any visitors, unless compassionate care is approved.
The Visitor Policy in outpatient areas will remain the same for now. This includes no companions for OBGYN clinics.
In the Emergency Department, one companion will be allowed to accompany a patient (unless the patient is confirmed COVID-19+ or under investigation)
Postpartum patients will continue to be permitted 1 visitor/companion overnight to support care of the newborn.