have been temporarily banned from visiting patients at Vidant’s
hospitals in the region, in response to the high number of flu cases
“Vidant Health values family presence when loved ones are in the
hospital,” said Vidant spokesperson Erica Mizelle. “We also are
responsible for protecting patients from being exposed to viruses such
as the flu.”
The restrictions of visitors under 12 years of age include The Outer
Banks Hospital in Nags Head, and the Vidant hospitals in Edenton,
Windsor, Ahoskie, Washington and Greenville.
Well-children under 12 are still allowed to visit a newborn sibling.
“Our experts are tracking flu activity daily and as soon as the flu
decreases, we will again welcome family and visitors of all ages,” said
At least 40 deaths have been attributed to influenza in North Carolina this season, including several pediatric deaths.
Children are still being allowed to visit patients at Sentara Albemarle
Medical Center in Elizabeth City, and they have not stated if they will
be changing their policies.