Carteret Health Care preparedness and visitation update due to COVID-19


MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) Carteret Health Care, as well as local and state partners, are closely monitoring the community’s resources and preparing for possible high levels of COVID-19.

Carteret Health Care has made additional changes in how they are caring for patients and id further limiting access to its facility to only patients.

There will be no visitors allowed in the hospital until further notice.

Visitor restriction include:

  • Patients under the age of 18 may have one healthy parent or guardian
  • Birthing Center patients may have one healthy support partner
  • End of life patients will be given special consideration for healthy visitors
  • All visitors must be healthy adults and pass a health screening.

The hospital is making technology for virtual communication available for patients as needed to stay in touch with loved ones.

Virtual video and phone communication are encouraged for patients and families.

Harvey Case, Carteret Health Care President says, “Since we initiated our Emergency Preparedness Plan and Command Center, the Carteret team has spent over 1,000 hours to refine already existing pandemic plans to ensure our community, staff and providers are safe. I am pleased to say that we are taking similar approaches and steps as other experts, such as Mayo Clinic, to handle a surge of patients.”

Carteret Health Care has been monitoring and conserving Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and COVID-19 testing kits based on CDC guidance.


MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — In response to COVID-19, Carteret Health Care is implementing additional safeguards to protect the community, patients, and staff.

Anyone who enters Carteret Health Care is being screened for respiratory signs and symptoms at both entrances.

Currently, no visitors are allowed in the hospital with very few exceptions.

Virtual video and phone communication are encouraged for all patients and families.

Outpatient services at Carteret Health Care have been limited to essential services only.

Routine and maintenance appointments that are not clinically necessary to a patient’s care are being deferred.

The following non-essential outpatient services are temporarily discontinued until further notice:

  • Sleep studies
  • Screening mammograms
  • Rehab – Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy
  • PFT and walk tests
  • Cardiopulmonary non-essential treatment
  • Cardiac and Cardio rehabilitation
  • Circumcisions
  • Well-baby hearing studies
  • Non-essential surgery
  • Diabetes Education
  • Smoking Cessation

Starting Monday, March 30th, the following outpatient services will be moved to the CHC Imaging Center located at 3402 Arendell Street:

  • Laboratory draws
  • Radiology tests
  • Pre-Operative interview and tests for urgent cases
  • EKG’S

Some outpatient services will continue to be performed at the main hospital campus including non-elective diagnostic cardiac catherization, outpatient weekend labs, therapeutic phlebotomy, nuclear studies, MRI and CT/US Biopsy.

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