As flu rates decline throughout the WakeMed system, our community and the state, WakeMed will end mandatory flu visitation restrictions in its hospitals and facilities effective Saturday, February 14. After that date, visitors of all ages will be allowed in the majority of patient care areas.
The health care system continuously monitors and mitigates influenza activity among patients.
“Visitation restrictions help reduce the risk of infection for patients, and we are appreciative of the support and cooperation of our patients, their loved ones and the community over the past several weeks,” said Vickie Brown, RN, director of Infection Prevention & Control.
However, because it is still flu season, WakeMed asks all visitors and their children not to visit patients if they show signs of any of the following symptoms:
- Generalized body aches
- Sore throat
- Coughing, nasal drainage and stuffy head
- Diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- Vomiting within the past 24 hours
Additionally, visitation restrictions will remain in place for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Children’s Hospital due to a high volume of respiratory illnesses. The visitation restrictions will remain in place in the NICU and Children’s Hospital until April 1. For more information, visit the WakeMed Flu Resource Center.