By DEUCE NIVEN
Pre-pandemic visitation rules have been restored at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, specifically at the flagship hospital in Whiteville.
Regular Visitation Policy was restored Tuesday, announced in a news release Wednesday morning.
“We are very thankful to be able to return to normal visitation for our patients and their families,” said CRHS CEO Jason Beck. “In light of the decrease in COVID cases and the percent positivity rate of COVID tests in not only Columbus County, but North Carolina, the Senior Administrative team felt it was time, and appropriate, to get back to some normalcy.
“The loved ones of a patient are integral members of the care team. As we return to normal visitation guidelines, it is important for our visitors to know that per CDC guidance, all healthcare facilities still require universal masking to keep patients, teammates, and visitors safe.”
Restoration of the pre-pandemic visitation policy came just a week before the two-year anniversary of COVID-19 restrictions at CRHS.
“Our hope is the community will continue to do the right thing, by staying home and away from others when sick, getting tested when needed and then following the correct CDC and NC Public Health guidelines so we can keep our numbers down and keep regular visitation going,” said CRHS Infection Preventionist Miranda Kamberger.
Regular visiting hours for Columbus Regional are 8 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. daily. Two visitors are allowed for each patient, with the exception those in the Emergency Department. One visitor is allowed for each patient in the ED, unless that patient is a minor.