Rising flu cases prompt visitor restrictions at hospitals

By: Staff report

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will implement a visitor restriction policy at all of its hospitals restricting children under age 12 from visiting the hospital at this time.

The policy was scheduled to go into effect Tuesday, March 1. It is designed to minimize the spread of flu and other flu-like diseases at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health Care, Hoke Hospital and Bladen County Hospital, as well as Harnett Health’s two hospitals: Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department will also limit visitors while the policy is in place.

People experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, are urged not to visit friends and family at the hospitals. Instead, they should stay home and call their primary care physician for treatment guidance.

Cape Fear Valley Health will revisit the visitation policy when flu numbers decrease.

Staff report