During the past weekend, Johnston Health saw an uptick in the number of influenza and respiratory virus cases among our patients and out in the community. To ensure the safety of our patients, the hospital is restricting children ages 11 and under from visiting at our hospital campuses in Smithfield and Clayton.
We understand that visitor restrictions at our hospitals present challenges for families and can be difficult for children who have a loved one receiving treatment and care. However, our priority is protecting vulnerable patients as the number of flu cases in our community and statewide continues to increase.
We encourage children who wish to visit to write letters or emails instead. We also encourage parents and friends to help children stay connected while these visitor restrictions are in place through Skype or FaceTime.
No matter your age, if you have a fever, an active cough, a runny nose with nasal congestion or a sore throat, you should not visit the hospital unless you are coming to receive medical care.