FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Cape Fear Valley Health is set to implement a visitor restriction policy at all of its hospitals due to the rising number of flu cases.
Children under 12 will be restricted from visiting the hospital for the time being, the health system said.
The policy will go into effect Tuesday, March 1, and is designed to minimize the spread of the flu and flu-like diseases at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health Care, Hoke Hospital, and Bladen County Hospital, as well as Harnett Health’s two hospitals: Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department will also limit visitors while the policy is in place.
Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, are encouraged not to visit friends and family at the hospitals. Instead, they should stay home and call their primary care physician for treatment guidance.
Cape Fear Valley Health said they will revisit the visitation policy when flu numbers decrease.