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FirstHealth Further Restricts Visitation Policy Due to COVID-19

| Date Posted: 3/27/2020

PINEHURST, NC – Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, FirstHealth of the Carolinas is announcing additional restrictions at its four hospital locations and outpatient clinics.


Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, no visitors will be permitted until further notice. There are exceptions to the policy, including the following:


  • Visitation of patient nearing the end of life
    • The number of visitors allowed in this situation will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the care team
  • One emergency department companion
  • One parent for pediatric or NICU patient
  • One person for labor & delivery or postpartum
  • One person to help with discharge
  • One companion for an outpatient procedure at a hospital 


Additionally, no visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed to visit until further notice. People who are over 65, pregnant or immunocompromised are discouraged from visiting.


Visitor restrictions apply at all FirstHealth hospitals and outpatient clinics.


All visitors and patients will be screened prior to entry into a FirstHealth hospital, and visitors should not visit our campuses if they have one or more of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, or if they have come in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Patients being treated or tested for COVID-19 may not have any visitors.


If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue, download FirstHealth On the Go to meet with a physician virtually.


For additional information about COVID-19, and for ways you can help respond to the spread of the virus, visit FirstHealth's resources page.

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