The Outer Banks Hospital is adjusting visitation restrictions at both the hospital and Outer Banks Medical Group practices effective 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4.
The news comes as North Carolina sets new COVID-19 records to start 2021.
The new visitor restrictions will prohibit visitors in inpatient units and the emergency department, unless a visitor is required for patients who are minors, or who fall within ADA guidelines, or require a visitor for clinical care or safety.
For Labor and Delivery: One healthy designated partner screened and masked at all times will be allowed. Partner must remain at the bedside unless visiting the café.
Medical Practices and Clinics: Visitors are prohibited unless a visitor is required for patients who are minors, or who fall within ADA guidelines, or require a visitor for clinical care or safety. Visitor may not switch out with another visitor.
End-of-life: Family members who are screened and masked may visit with guidance from care team and should call the unit for guidance.
COVID-19 Patients: Visitors are prohibited. Ask nurse for accommodations regarding virtual visits.
“We strongly encourage visitors to consider virtual visitation options, such as FaceTime, Zoom, Google Duo or phone calls,” the hospital said in an update Saturday. “Assistance with virtual visits, including iPads for patients without the necessary technology, is available on request. Virtual visitation is the safest way to stay connected with a loved one.”
The Outer Banks Medical Group is offering virtual visits (phone or computer) for established patients in order to continue care and limit potential exposure to the virus. If you are an established patient of an Outer Banks Medical Group practice and you need to be seen, please call the office to see what options are available to you and your unique situation. Visit /Locations for contact information. If you already have an appointment scheduled, our staff will be reaching out to you.
The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group continues to work closely with the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services during the evolving COVID-19 crisis.
For individuals with symptoms that are not manageable at home – please go to the emergency department.
For those individuals with symptoms manageable at home who wish to be tested – check DareNC.com for upcoming mass testing events being offered weekly. You may also call the nearest urgent care center for testing information.
Urgent Care Center Kitty Hawk: (252) 449-7474
Urgent Care Center Nags Head: (252) 261-8040
For patients with a scheduled procedure or surgery at The Outer Banks Hospital, a Vidant Health or Chesapeake Regional Healthcare facility, call TOBH pre-admission testing at (252) 449-5860 or work with your physician practice office to set up the test.
The Outer Banks Testing Center offers COVID testing for individuals who wish to be tested and are asymptomatic (do NOT have symptoms) and have NOT been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID. Click here for more information.
Any confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be reported by Dare County.
Medical Records will temporarily change the process to request and receive your medical records. Please call 252-449-4527 Monday-Friday between 8:00am-4:15pm and we will have your records mailed. When calling, please share if your need is urgent and we will provide an alternative pickup process. If leaving a message, please include your full name, birthdate and phone number.
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