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In response to increased community spread and the heightened risk of hospitalization posed by the Delta variant, all Vidant Health hospitals are adjusting visitation policies in the Emergency Department. 

Vidant Health said today that effective Friday morning at 7 visitors will not be allowed in the ED lobby or waiting areas at hospitals across Vidant’s system. 

ED patients can have one healthy adult visitor screened and masked at all times once the patient has been placed into a room, as long as the patient is not COVID positive.

“It remains vitally important that community members continue to practice safety measures such as washing hands, wearing a mask and avoiding large gatherings,” the health system said. “This is an evolving situation and Vidant continues to monitor the spread and examine local data, including COVID-19 cases in our region and in hospitals, and will adjust visitation restrictions accordingly. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to the hospital or clinic if they have questions about visitation restrictions”.

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,” Vidant said.

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

Wear or pack non-slip shoes