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Published on March 17, 2020

Wayne UNC Health Care to Screen Visitors at Hospital and Cancel Elective Procedures

Goldsboro, NC, March 17 - To support a healing environment and infection control efforts, Wayne UNC Health Care has taken steps to reduce the number of visitors to our hospital.

Wayne UNC Health Care is asking families to designate one in-person visitor who is over the age of 18 per patient. While these restrictions are in place, all visitors must enter through the main entrance where they will be screened for cough and other respiratory symptoms. Wayne UNC is also limiting hospital access to visiting hours only, meaning visitors will not be able to enter the hospital between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Meanwhile, the cafeteria will be closed to the general public, offering a minimal menu to teammates and designated visitors only. As the community continues to maintain social distancing, the Wayne UNC team recommends family members interact with their loved ones through virtual tools like Facetime and Skype.

Also, following guidelines from the U.S. Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons, Wayne UNC is rescheduling non-essential surgeries, procedures and ambulatory appointments, effective immediately. All emergency and essential services will continue uninterrupted.

“At Wayne UNC, we are committed to the health and safety of our patients, especially those who are vulnerable or immuno-compromised,” said Wayne UNC President and CEO Janie Jaberg. “This is an important part of protecting our patients during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

These measures help Wayne UNC minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 among patients, visitors and health care providers, as well as conserve resources while focusing on patients who need care most.

“We really want to encourage the public to stay at home if at all possible,” said Jaberg. “Your help and support in this allows us to protect our patients and community by reducing transmission of this virus.”

If you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you must call your primary care provider before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care clinic or the hospital. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call the UNC Health Helpline at 1-888-850-2684. If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 or seek immediate treatment.

For additional information on COVID-19, local updates and the UNC Health response, visit unchealth.org/coronavirus.

About Wayne UNC Health Care: At Wayne UNC Health Care, our Mission is Patients First. Quality Health Care. Close to Home. Part of the UNC Health Care’s integrated network of primary and specialty providers, clinical programs and hospitals, WUNC’s 1,700 teammates and more than 150 physicians provide comprehensive medical services ranging from cancer care to surgery.

[For more information, please contact Brittani Schultze-Gardner at 919-731-6297 or brittani.schultze-gardner@waynehealth.org.]

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