Carilion Clinic closes NICU to parents, other visitors amid coronavirus concerns


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As the coronavirus continues to spread around the Commonwealth, Carilion Clinic closed off its NICU to all visitors, including the babies’ parents.

As of 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, Carilion Children’s NICU will be off-limits to visitors unless the children are “near death,” in which case Carilion says exceptions will be made. However, hospital officials say they will work with parents to help them bond with their babies over video technology and offer them training when the children are almost ready for discharge.

“This was a difficult decision to make, and we will welcome families back to the NICU as soon as the situation is safe for parents, their children and our caregivers,” Carilion officials say.

Carilion also announced on Facebook Tuesday that pediatric patients at non-hospital clinical sites will only be allowed one designated visitor.

In addition, as of Monday, April 6, hospital officials say visitors are not permitted at Carilion Women’s outpatient clinics. However, according to Carilion, this will not impact policies already in place at hospital sites.

For more information about Carilion Clinic’s visitation restrictions, check out their website.

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