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Coronavirus COVID 19 Resources

Latest Update from Carteret Health Care

Covid Vaccinations - We are coordinating with the Carteret County Health Department to expand vaccination opportunities in the community.

You may schedule an appointment by contacting the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550, select option 2. No walk-ins are being accepted during any clinics. Thank you for your patience as we work with the Health Department to vaccinate our community. Your vaccination is important to us!

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For your safety, Carteret Health Care requires all patients and staff to wear a face covering or mask upon arrival. If you do not have a mask, Carteret Health Care will provide one for you. Visitors and support persons will be screened in the main lobby and emergency entrance.

Carteret Health Care continues to encourage social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing a mask to ensure the safety of staff, patients and our community.

Additionally, we are adhering to the following visitor policy to give you access to your loved ones:

Inpatient

  • Inpatient visitation is from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Patients may have two healthy adult support persons or visitors for the duration of the stay. The patient will identify the support persons at the time of admission and staff will document in medical record as well as teletracking. Adults are defined as 18 years of age and older. One overnight support person may be approved if needed for clinical care support.

Emergency Department and Outpatient Services

Emergency, Outpatient and Day Surgery patients may bring one healthy, adult support person during their visit. The support person will be screened upon entry and must wear a mask the entire time while inside the hospital including the patient's room. Support persons may be asked to wait in their vehicle, if needed. Outpatient, Day Surgery and Emergency patients are based on time of visit or scheduled appointment.

Pediatric patients, under the age of 18 may have two parents or guardians 24/7.

Obstetric patients may have one main support person at all times 24/7. During the labor process, one additional labor support person is also permitted. Post delivery, the same additional support person may visit 8 AM until 8 PM along with the main support person.

End of life patients (death anticipated within 24 hours) will be handled on a case by case situation.

No visitors will be allowed in rooms of Persons Under Investigation (PUI’s) or COVID-19 positive patients.

Virtual visitation is still offered to communicate and can be coordinated by calling the Clinical Coordinator on duty at 499-6559 or using personal devices.

Waiting rooms and space remains limited. Physical distancing of 6 feet should be maintained while in a CHC facility.

Thank you for understanding. We want to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

What Are My Best Resources for New Information?

The best resource for the latest information is the CDC website.

There, you will find detailed information on COVID-19, including how it spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, and other frequently asked questions. Additional information specific to North Carolina can be found on the NC Department of Health & Human Services webpage.

Staying Safe While You Are Here

Wear a Mask

  • Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times.

This includes treatment rooms, patient rooms, waiting rooms, and any other location throughout the facility. If you do not have a mask, CHC staff will provide one for you.

  • Patients may remove their mask in the room but should put it back on when staff enters the room.
  • Visitors who cannot tolerate wearing a mask or face covering will not be permitted in the facility.
  • Inpatient visitor hours are from 8 AM - 8 PM.
  • Visitor hours for outpatient and emergency patients are based on time of visit or scheduled appointment.

Physical Distance

  • Wait at least 6 feet apart
  • Avoid close contact

Clean Your Hands

  • Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds OR use hand sanitizer.

Practice Respiratory Etiquette

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow and avoid contact with your hands.

Thank you for your cooperation and helping us ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff.

Further Questions?

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, the North Carolina Division of Public Health is the most appropriate organization to contact. They have established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about coronavirus from the public.

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