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Novant Health UVA Health System is restricting visitors due to flu precautions

Out of concern for the health and well-being of our patients, Novant Health UVA Health System is asking the community to restrict visitors age 12 and under due to the widespread outbreak of the flu virus. This restriction is effective on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 a.m. until further notice. The one medical center not impacted at this time is Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center.

Those individuals age 13 and over who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients being treated at Novant Health facilities. However, people who are seeking treatment at hospitals are not subject to the restriction.

“The flu virus can be extremely dangerous to people who have compromised immune systems, cancer, kidney disease and other chronic conditions,” advises Dr. David Priest, medical director for infection prevention at Novant Health. “In order to protect our patients, we are asking members of the public who are 12 years and under or who may be sick with the influenza virus to not visit these facilities at this time.”

The restrictions apply to the following hospitals throughout the Novant Health system, including:

Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
All visitors to any of these facilities should properly disinfect their hands by washing with soap and water or using sanitizing gel when entering and leaving the facilities in order to prevent the spread of the flu virus.

Children may be allowed access to hospital areas in the event of special circumstances such as visiting a dying family member. In these instances, parents should work with their nurse to make arrangements.

The restrictions were a joint decision among regional hospitals including Novant Health, Novant Health UVA Health System, Carolinas HealthCare System, High Point Regional Health System, Randolph Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Cone Health. These healthcare systems will continue to evaluate the need for visitation restrictions on a weekly basis or more often as needed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides regularly updated information on flu activity at this Web address: cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm. 

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