Novant Health UVA Health System Lifts Flu-Related Visitor Restrictions

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Provided by Novant Health UVA Health System

As of Friday, March 29, at 7:00 a. m., all Novant Health UVA Health System facilities will lift visitor restrictions that were put in place Feb. 8.

During the height of this flu season, Novant Health UVA Health System asked the community to keep visitors age 12 and under out of all its hospital facilities. As a result of the declining number of flu cases seen over the past few weeks, these restrictions will be lifted.

Individuals exhibiting flu symptoms still should not visit patients. Those symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. However, people who are seeking treatment at Novant Health UVA Health System medical centers are not subject to the restriction.

“We appreciate the continued support and flexibility of our patients, their families and the community,” says Douglas J. Markert, M.D., chief clinical officer for Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center. “The visitor restrictions were necessary to protect our most vulnerable hospitalized patients, but now, as we see the number of influenza cases continue to decline, we are happy to welcome back visitors of all ages into our facilities.”

The restrictions have been lifted at all hospitals throughout Novant Health UVA Health System, including:

  • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center

All visitors to Novant Health UVA Health System medical centers should properly disinfect their hands by washing with soap and water or using sanitizing gel when entering and leaving the facilities to prevent the spread of the flu virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides regularly updated information on flu activity here.

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