Children have been temporarily banned from visiting patients at Vidant’s hospitals in the region, in response to the high number of flu cases this season.
“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 Mizelle.
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.