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Published on January 09, 2020

UNC Rockingham Health Care Implements Flu Restrictions

EDEN—Jan. 9, 2020 --UNC Rockingham Health Care has implemented flu restrictions as a precaution to protect patients, families and staff from exposure to influenza. A rapid increase in flu cases in UNC Rockingham facilities and in the area prompted the decision that was made on Jan. 9. These temporary restrictions are in place:

• Children ages 11 and younger are asked not to visit patients at UNC Rockingham Hospital or residents at UNC Rockingham Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center.

• People who have symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion or body aches should not visit the facilities

Flu, a contagious respiratory illness, is a virus that is spread mainly by droplets that occur when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. It can also spread by touching surfaces that may have been exposed to the virus droplets. Flu can be mild to severe and can lead to death.

The best protection against flu is to get a flu vaccine.

Conditions at UNC Rockingham Health Care facilities will be monitored and restrictions will be lifted when it is determined that it is safe to do so.

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UNC Health Care is comprised of UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, ranked consistently among the best medical centers in the country; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville; Chatham Hospital in Siler City; Johnston Health in Clayton and Smithfield; UNC Lenoir Health Care in Kinston; Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro; Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir; Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount; UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden, Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, UNC REX Healthcare and its provider network in Wake County; and the UNC Physicians Network. For more information, please visit

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