Duke Health lifts visitor restrictions as respiratory illnesses decline

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Duke Health lifts visitation rules as respiratory illnesses decline
The hospital system said restrictions were put in place to prevent the spread of the flu, RSV, and COVID-19.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- All Duke University Health System hospitals will be removing visitation restrictions starting Tuesday.

The previous rules limited daytime visitors of surgery patients to no more than two people 12 and older. The hospital system says it put the restrictions in place to protect patients and prevent the spread of the flu, RSV, and COVID-19.

New visitation rules include:

- Up to four visitors at a time where space permits; switching is allowed.

- Visiting hours for inpatient, bone marrow transplant, and ICU units will be 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

- Visiting hours for maternity, end of life, emergency department, procedural and perioperative surgical units do not end.

- Visitors of all ages are allowed in inpatient, maternity, and ambulatory spaces.

- Visitors must be 18+ in perioperative/surgical/procedural areas.

Exceptions to visitation rules may be given based on special circumstances.