Rising Flu Cases Prompt Visitor
FAYETTEVILLE – Cape
Fear Valley Health will implement a new visitation
policy at all of its hospitals restricting children
under age 12 from visiting the hospital at this
The policy goes into effect Wednesday,
Dec. 17, and is designed to minimize the spread of
flu and other flu-like diseases at Cape Fear Valley
Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital,
Cape fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral
Health Care and Bladen County Hospital, as well as
Harnett Health’s two hospitals: Betsy Johnson
Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital.
addition, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s
Emergency Department will limit visitors while the
policy is in place.
flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat
and runny nose, are urged not to visit friends and
family at the hospitals. Instead, they should stay
at home and call their primary care physician for
Christopher Aul, M.D.,
is Cape Fear Valley’s Chief Medical Officer. He says
flu shots are still available and are the best way
to prevent the spread of infection, but simple
hygiene practices also help.
hand-washing and covering your nose and mouth while
sneezing or coughing,” he said, “are the easiest
ways to prevent the spread of infection. It helps us
keep our patients, visitors and staff safe during
the flu season.”
Cape Fear Valley Health will
revisit the visitation policy when flu numbers
decrease, usually in the spring.