Temporary age-based visitor restrictions lifted at UNC Hospitals, UNC Health Rex and UNC Health Chatham


Compiled by Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

UNC Hospitals, UNC Health Rex, and UNC Health Chatham ended temporary age-based visitor restrictions in some areas of inpatient hospitals on Monday morning.

Due to decreasing hospital admissions for influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 at UNC Hospitals’ Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Youth Behavioral Health in Butner campuses; UNC Health Rex in Raleigh and Holly Springs; and at UNC Health Chatham in Siler City the following announcement was made:

Visitors aged 11 and younger will no longer be prohibited from inpatient areas and waiting rooms.  All visitors with respiratory symptoms will be prohibited from these same areas. 

Normal visiting policies will remain in effect for the remaining areas within UNC Hospitals. 

Healthy visitors of any age will remain welcome in our lobbies and retail/food locations.  Other hospitals in the UNC Health system set their own visitor restrictions and policies based on local trends and other factors.

Please note: If you plan to visit a loved one in the hospital, check with their clinical team or on the hospital’s website under “Visitor Policy” for any updates.

If you are feeling sick or have recently experienced any symptoms of respiratory illnesses, please stay home. They continue to encourage all visitors to wear masks in our hospitals.

UNC  infection prevention teams continuously monitor key criteria to help guide hospital leaders’ decision-making regarding when to impose and lift visitor restrictions to protect patients and teammates.

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 

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