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FAYETTEVILLE – Piedmont Fayette Hospital is restricting patient visitation due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the community and in the hospital.

Legal guardians or family caregivers will be allowed if it is determined necessary for the care of the patient (such as end of life care, NICU and other minors receiving care). Labor and delivery patients will be allowed one support person. Any other exceptions need to be approved by leaders in specific departments.

All approved care partners must pass a health screening which includes checking of symptoms of acute respiratory illness and close contact with someone suspected to have COVID-19. Patients visiting doctors’ offices on campus will be allowed, but will be screened in their physician’s office.

“Hospitals throughout the state are seeing the highest numbers of COVID-19 since the pandemic began last March,” said Steve Porter, CEO of Piedmont Fayette. “We believe that restricting visitation at this time is in the best interest of keeping our patients and our staff safe. We are asking the community to do everything they can to help stop the spread of this virus. That means wearing a mask, watching your distance and limiting potential exposure to others, washing your hands frequently, and getting the vaccine when you are able to do so. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation.”

If a patient is able to communicate, hospitals officials are asking families to let them call you. If a patient is unable to communicate, it is recommended that one family member serves as a point of contact and is designated to share updates with other family members and loved ones. It is critical that the hospital’s staff focuses on providing care for patients at this time. Email messages to patients can be sent to PFHFeelTheLove@piedmont.org and apps such as Skype, Zoom, DUO or FaceTime can be used to set up virtual face to face meetings.

“Helping us streamline family communication channels provides tremendous support for our hospital staff who remain focused on providing direct care for patients during this critical time,” said Porter. “We realize that this is very difficult for our patients and their families and friends, but we need to keep our patients and staff safe. We encourage friends and family to use digital resources to connect with their loved ones in the hospital and to assist them in their care and recovery.”

For more information about Piedmont Healthcare’s response to COVID-19, visit piedmont.org.

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