Effective Monday, Jan. 14: Visitor Restrictions across UNC Hospitals for Children Under 12

Due to recent increases in the number of cases of respiratory illness and to ensure the safety of our patients, children ages 11 years old and younger are prohibited from visiting inpatients and inpatient waiting rooms at UNC Hospitals (including the Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Wakebrook campuses, but excluding inpatient Hospice) and are prohibited from perioperative waiting rooms at UNC Hospitals Medical Center (Chapel Hill) and Hillsborough Hospital beginning Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

These restrictions were previously in place for the Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), 5 Children’s/Intermediate Care (5CH) and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) at UNC Hospitals.
Hospital Epidemiology recommends that all Outpatient Care Services clinics have a respiratory etiquette “station” available in their waiting/reception area for patients with upper respiratory tract infection symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose). These stations should have this sign, surgical masks, tissues, and alcohol-based hand rubs.


All staff should familiarize themselves with the visitor restrictions, and educate other staff members and families and visitors of patients on their units and in their areas. The following signs have been shared with Guest Services and also will be posted at the entrances of the hospital:


Other Resources

  • For more background, view this message from Dr. David Weber, MD, MPH, Associate Chief Medical Officer, UNC Hospitals. We will continue to monitor the need to alter these restrictions as flu season progresses. Your assistance with this important patient care issue is greatly appreciated.
  • View the weekly Flu Surveillance Reports on our flu website.
  • View our Clean In, Clean Out hand hygiene website and remember to wash your hands

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