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Johnston hospitals ease some visitor restrictions

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UNC Health has eased restrictions for visitors to its hospitals in Smithfield and Clayton.

Each patient may have one designated, screened visitor in most inpatient areas. More specific details, including visiting hours, are on each hospital’s website.

All visitors must wear masks and are subject to health screenings at any time.

Additional visitor exceptions continue for end-of-life situations, minors and patients requiring family support.

Here are the visitor rules in greater detail:

• All visitors must pass a health screening. No visitor with fever, cough, cold or flu-like symptoms may enter any UNC Health facility.

• No one should visit a patient if they have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

• No visitors under the age of 18 may visit for the foreseeable future.

• Visitors who are over 65, pregnant or immunocompromised are discouraged from visiting.

• Doulas and designated birth partners may accompany a laboring mother.

• Visitors will receive an appropriate mask during the screening process. Visitors must wear the mask at all times.

• Patients who have COVID-19 or are under investigation may not have visitors unless the hospital approves compassionate care.

• Restrictions for outpatient areas remain in place, with some exceptions. Check with the practice or clinic before arriving.

• One companion may accompany a patient in the emergency department.

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