Call your doctor before leaving home if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms

Due to the presence of COVID-19 in our community, visitor restrictions are in place for all Duke clinics and hospitals. For your safety and the safety of others, we recommend patients do not bring a visitor to Duke clinics, if at all possible. If a visitor must accompany a patient, only one individual over 12 years of age is allowed. Patients and visitors will be screened for symptoms upon arrival. Individuals with flu-like symptoms are not allowed. View the complete list of Visitor Restrictions.

Effective immediately, Duke Health is prioritizing and rescheduling some non-emergent or non-critical surgeries, procedures, and appointments. Check our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page for updates.

Duke Health Prepares for COVID-19

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grows across the nation, we understand your concern for the rapidly evolving situation. We want to assure you that Duke Health has comprehensive plans in place to care for our community and support our team members.

We May Need to Reschedule Some Surgeries, Procedures, and Appointments
We are working to continue providing exceptional care and in doing so may need to reschedule some non-emergent or non-critical surgeries procedures and appointments. If there are changes to your care, you will be contacted by your provider.

We believe that taking this step now is in the best interest of all as we respond to the spread of COVID-19. Duke University Health System (DUHS) operational and medical leaders are working to determine if a reschedule is necessary based on many important factors most important being the well-being of our patients.

Leadership Task Force Established
Weeks ago, we established a leadership task force and a command center that meets daily.

System-Wide Protocols in Place
We’ve established protocols throughout the health system to identify, isolate and care for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. Our infectious disease clinical teams are diligently screening and evaluating patients who present with symptoms of respiratory illness. 

Adequate PPE, Best Hygiene Practices
We have in place adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). We reinforce the importance of following hand hygiene best practices and correctly applying personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Following National, State Guidelines
We are following CDC guidance, and adapting daily to recommendations made by the CDC and the World Health Organization. We are following the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines. 

Safety Is Our Top Priority
We are dedicated to providing the best care possible for our patients and continuing to protect the health of our team members. These steps and future precautions will ensure the safety of our employees and health care providers and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.