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Published on June 26, 2020

UNC Rockingham Health Care Eases Visitor Restrictions

Some areas open to one designated visitor

EDEN, N.C. - June 26, 2020 - UNC Rockingham Health Care will ease some restrictions for visitors, effective Monday, June 29.

Patients in most areas will be permitted to have one designated visitor for the duration of their stay. This excludes COVID-19 and suspected COVID-19 patients, and patients in the Emergency Department. Pediatric patients in the Emergency Department will be allowed one companion.

Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted, and those over 65, pregnant or immunocompromised are discouraged from visiting.

UNC Rockingham implemented strict visitor restrictions in March, at the onset of the pandemic. JoAnn Smith, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care, said the restrictions are being eased because the hospital now has adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and has intensified infection prevention strategies. This includes creating sealed, separate COVID-19 areas for inpatients and emergency patients.

“While our previous restrictions were implemented to reduce exposure to the virus, we recognize that having support from family or friends is an important component in the healing process,” said Smith.  

“When we can permit visitation in a safe way, we want to provide that, Our goal is to always put our patients’ safety first, and do all that we can to protect them, as well as the staff caring for them,” she added.

 As the pandemic continues to evolve, visitor policies may adjust to maintain maximum safety.

Updated visitor policies include:

  • Designated visitors must use the front entrance and go through daily wellness screenings.
  • All hospital visitors must wear the hospital mask provided at screening. Homemade masks are not permitted.
  • No visitation to COVID-19 positive patients, those pending COVID-19 test results and Emergency Department areas.
  • Visitors must practice social distancing and restrict visits to the patient room (visiting other rooms or areas is not permitted).
  • Visitors must practice frequent hand hygiene.
  • People with fever, cough, cold or flu-like symptoms are not allowed to visit.

We also encourage patients’ loved ones to use electronic communication for “virtual visitation,” such as FaceTime and Skype, in place of in-person visitation wherever possible.


About UNC Health

UNC Health is an integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care.

UNC Health is comprised of UNC Hospitals at 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.

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