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Vidant Health updates visitor restrictions

One healthy adult visitor will be allowed in the hospital’s inpatient departments from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 8:04 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2020 at 8:49 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Vidant Health is updating its visitor restriction exceptions.

Vidant leaders say visitors will still be screened and are required to wear masks, but now families will be able to visit their loved ones. The hospital says testing and cleaning protocols have helped create a safe environment to make this possible.

One healthy adult visitor will be allowed in the hospital’s inpatient departments from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This is a game changer for the Sirop family. Their mother, Karen, found out she had stage 4 lung cancer at the end of May. She was brought to Vidant in Greenville, where she stayed battling her terminal illness alone because of Vidant’s previous visitor restrictions.

This was hard on the tight-knit family. “We couldn’t hold her hand when she was getting news of...another tumor popped up, or...you have to go through another surgery,” said Sirop’s daughter, Kaitlyn Calhoun.

Now, Calhoun will finally be able to see her. “The most important thing is spending every second you can,” she explained. “If we can go up there and make her feel better, and she can start doing therapies, maybe she can get a little bit longer and be able to come home before the inevitable happens.”

The restrictions vary by department. At the Children’s Hospital, one healthy guardian will be allowed at the bedside, while switching out will be permitted. Labor and delivery will allow one healthy partner, while the same is true for the emergency department if assistance is needed.

The new guidelines are effective Friday at Vidant Medical Center and on Tuesday at at all Vidant Community Hospitals.

Vidant is also offering assistance with virtual visits if you can’t go in person.

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