Patients Allowed One Designated Visitor
Effective Monday, August 23, 2021 CarolinaEast Medical Center is limiting visitation to one designated visitor per patient during visiting hours of 9:00am until 8:00pm.
In March 2020, CarolinaEast restricted all visitation upon the recommendations of state and federal officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the situation improved, increased visitation was introduced in various stages. Now, with growing spread of COVID-19 in the community, as well as COVID-related hospitalizations at CarolinaEast Medical Center, it is necessary to once again limit visitation to help prevent further spread of the virus. With some exceptions at end-of-life, patients will be allowed one designated visitor throughout a hospitalization.
Limited visitation details implemented Monday, August 23, 2021:
- Patients may identify one designated visitor for the duration of their hospitalization.
- Visiting hours for inpatient units are 9:00am until 8:00pm for all units except Crossroads Adult Mental Health, which is 5:30pm until 6:30pm.
- Emergency Department (ED) patients are allowed one designated companion while being cared for in the ED.
- No visitation is allowed for patients on COVID isolation protocol.
- All visitors must be at least 18 years old.
- All visitors must pass wellness screening upon entry into a CarolinaEast facility.
- All CarolinaEast Medical Center visitors are required to obtain a visitor pass upon check-in, and should check out after visiting.
- All visitors must wear a mask at all times. Based on CDC guidelines, all staff and visitors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, are required to wear masks in a healthcare environment.
- The hospital cafeteria (Blue Wave Café) and coffee shop (Jasmine Coffee Shop) remain closed to the public. Visitors of patients are permitted to purchase to-go food only.
- The hospital waiting areas remain closed and visitors will continue to wait outside the facility during surgical and other invasive procedures.
Dr. Ron May, Chief Medical Officer at CarolinaEast commented: “This decision, while difficult, is a necessary one to help protect our patients, staff and visitors.”
Visit www.carolinaeasthealth.com to learn more about CarolinaEast’s efforts to protect its patients, visitors and staff from COVID-19.
By Brandy Popp, Director, Public Relations