Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.

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In accordance with guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, and with the health and safety of our patients, staff, families, and community in mind, we are ramping up our visitor restrictions and implementing new screening guidelines, effective Monday, March 16 at 11:59 p.m., as follows:

  • Reduced Entry Points: We have limited access to two points of entry for patients, staff, providers, contract workers, vendors and visitors*:
    • Outpatient Registration Entrance & Emergency Department
    • The Emergency Department entrance will be open 24/7 and the Outpatient Registration entrance will be open Monday – Friday from 5:00am until 9:30pm.
    • We have implemented similar restrictions for additional outpatient services not located in the hospital (Wilson Physician services, Wilson Outpatient Imaging, Wilson Wound Healing Center, Cardiopulmonary Rehab and Wilson Radiation Oncology)
  • Screening Guidelines: Our hospital and clinics will screen all individuals who enter our facilities, per CDC guidelines – including patients, visitors*, staff, providers, contract workers, and vendors – based on potential respiratory symptoms, fever and travel history.
    • Our available entry points (listed above) are now manned with staff to perform screenings during the hours of 5 am until 9:30 pm Monday – Friday at the Outpatient Registration entrance, and the Emergency Department entrance 24/7.
    • The screening will consist of evaluation for any fever (100 degrees or greater) as well as history regarding any respiratory symptoms. If either are present, you will not be allowed in the facility in order to protect our patients and staff.
    • Once an employee, provider or contract worker is screened they have the option to get a colored dot with a date so they do not have to be screened again if they leave the building and come back again on the same day.
  • *Updated Visitor Restrictions: Out of an abundance of caution until further notice, no visitors will be allowed in the hospital with the exception of:
    • One visitor for obstetric patients, same day surgery patients and certain Radiology/Specials procedures
    • One caregiver for patients who need special assistance
    • Up to two visitors for pediatric patients
    • Appropriate visitors for end-of-life patients.
    • Wilson Rehabilitation & Nursing Center is not allowing any visitors at this time with the exception of appropriate visitors for end-of-life patients.
    • Each of these visitors in the exception categories will be screened each day.
  • Common Areas Closed:  Friendly Expressions Gift Shop and Ladwig Chapel will be closed. The hospital cafeteria will continue normal operations to serve patients and employees only and will be closed to the public.

**If you need a copy of your medical record during this time, please call 252.399.8120 and we can fax a copy to your provider or send you a copy through mail or email. 

Signage is being posted around the facilities notifying visitors and the community of these new restrictions and guidelines.

These restrictions are necessary to protect the health of our patients, staff and community. 

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Wilson Medical Center Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Media Statement 

Wilson Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to work closely with the Wilson County Health Department and following guidance from the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). Additionally, we are reviewing our facility’s robust emergency operations plan and proactively completing a number of preparation checklists out of an abundance of caution.

Wilson Medical Center has taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • Patients in the Emergency Department and inpatient units are screened based on their recent travel history.
  • Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection, for example.
  • Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.

Importantly, all of the above are standard operating protocols that are in place year-round to help ensure the health and well-being of everyone who enters our hospital.

We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.