Columbus Regional Updates in Response to COVID-19

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Jonathan Medford

As Columbus Regional Healthcare System continues to monitor and respond to COVID-19, the safety of our patient, teammates, and our community is the top priority. Following current guidance of national and state health leaders, and in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Columbus Regional is implementing the following changes to protect our patients, providers, and teammates.

Patients are limited to one visitor per day. The visitor must be an immediate family member who is 18 or older. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed on campus, unless seeking emergency medical treatment. All visitors will be screened at the entrance points to the hospital, and anyone with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or possible exposure to COVID-19 will not be allowed to visit. Visitation hours are limited to 10 AM until 7 PM. Patients in the emergency room are not allowed to have any visitors, with the exception of patients under the age of 18, who may have one guardian. Patients at Columbus Regional Health Network may have one visitor with them, who will be screened prior to entrance into the clinic.

Hospital Access:
On weekdays, entrance to the hospital is limited to the Yellow Canopy, the ASU Covered Walkway, and the Emergency Department. On weekends entrance to the hospital is limited to the Yellow Canopy. The emergency department will remain open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The main entrance of the hospital, from visitor parking, no longer has access to the main hospital. That entrance is limited to services provided in the professional office building, such as Donayre Cancer Care Center and Physical Therapy. This entrance closes at 5 PM on weekdays and remains closed on the weekends.

The emergency room is developing a higher level of screening and triage for those patients requiring emergency care. We know that these changes may be an inconvenience to families of patients in the hospital, however, it is imperative that we take active steps to prepare for and respond to the developments of COVID-19 and keep our patients, their families, our teammates, and the community safe.

This is a rapidly developing situation, and Columbus Regional will continue to respond accordingly. Please continue monitoring our website at and our Facebook page at for the most recent updates.

News Release March 19, 2020
Columbus Regional Healthcare System
500 Jefferson St.
Whiteville, NC 28472
Contact: Mallory Freeman
Vice President, Ambulatory and Outreach Services
FOR RELEASE 3/20/2020

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