Cape Fear Valley’s health system eases restrictions on visitors to its facilities as the number of COVID-19 patients tends to decline.
The changes went into effect at noon on Wednesday, according to a statement released by hospital officials.
Adjusted visitation policies indicate that most patients at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Bladen County Hospital, and Hoke Hospital cannot have more than two visitors between noon and 8 p.m. hours, according to the statement. Visitors must be at least 12 years old, he says.
Visitors and patients at all health system facilities and clinics are required to wear a mask properly, the statement said. Masks must remain on at all times, including in patient rooms, or the visitor will be asked to leave, he said.
The press release says gaiters are not allowed.
The mask policy will be strictly enforced, he said.
All visitors must go through a screening process that includes a brief verbal questionnaire and temperature analysis before entering a facility. Anyone who refuses to answer questions or has a temperature above 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit will be refused entry, the statement said.
Cape Fear Valley has additional restrictions in parts of the medical center and other locations, the statement said. You will find more information on these restrictions on the website health system website.
In other health system-related news, Cape Fear Valley officials announced that starting Thursday, drive-thru COVID-19 tests will be available at the Cape Fear Valley Health Pavilion North. Patients who report to the 6387 Ramsey St. facility will remain in their cars for testing, with results available the next day.
The site will be open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for those aged 5 and over, according to a statement from Cape Fear Valley officials. The tests will be carried out in front of the main entrance to the facility, which faces Andrews Road.
Vaccines will still be offered in the ExpressCare, which is at the east end of the facility, the statement said.
Christopher Tart, vice president of pharmacy and cancer centers in Cape Fear Valley, said the testing site was opened in response to an influx of children brought to the hospital’s emergency department for testing.
âMany schools require a negative PCR test before exposed students can return to class, and this site will be an alternative for parents who do not want to go to the emergency room,â he said.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center is also alerting blood donors that the hospital needs to replenish its blood supply.
A blood drive is scheduled for November 13 from 9 am to noon at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on North Cool Spring Street.
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