Latest Update from Carteret Health Care:

For the safety of our patients, staff and community, effective March 24, Carteret Health Care will implement more stringent safety measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and influenza.   

Effective 7 AM Tuesday, March 24, no visitors will be allowed in the hospital until further notice with the following limited exceptions: 

·      Emergency Department patients may have 1 support person with unit approval

·      Patients under the age of 18 may have one parent or guardian.

·      Women in the Birthing Center may have one support partner

·      Patients scheduled for a surgery or procedure may have one support person

·      End of Life patients will be given special circumstances

·      Patients requiring special assistance such as the Cancer Center

All support persons must be healthy adults and pass a health screening. Virtual video and phone communication is encouraged.

 

Thank you for understanding. We want to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.


 

We know many of you may have questions and concerns about the COVID-19 virus. First, rest assured that Carteret Health Care has a comprehensive plan in place for caring for any patient who may present with a suspected or confirmed case of the illness. 

Carteret Health Care, along with health officials locally and worldwide, are closely monitoring this outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that originated in late 2019. We are providing this information to keep you informed of our preparations.

We are confident that our team is prepared to respond appropriately to care for our community. Previous outbreaks of other respiratory viruses, like influenza, have provided a strong foundation for our team’s response. Our preparation activities follow the NCDHHS and CDC guidelines and Carteret Health Care will continue to work closely with our local and state health departments as this situation continues to evolve.

What are my best resources for new information?

Public Information Recorded Hotline 252-726-7177 by the Carteret County Health Department. Includes # of confirmed cases, what to do if feeling sick, and information on sheltering in place.

Public Inquiry Phone 252-726-7060 - Staffed by the Carteret County Health Department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory disease coronavirus/COVID-19. The situation is evolving rapidly, so the best resource for the latest information is the CDC website.

There, you will find detailed information on COVID-19, including how it spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, testing and other frequently asked questions. Additional information specific to North Carolina can be found on the NC Department of Health & Human Services webpage.

What can you do now?

The most important thing you can do is to keep yourself and family safe by:

  • Practicing good hand hygiene – washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unsanitized hands.

Further questions?

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, the North Carolina Division of Public Health is the most appropriate organization to contact. They have established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about coronavirus from the public.