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COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions, Amendment for March 19, 2020

Thank you for your understanding and your assistance to keep everyone safe! Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, visitor restrictions will be strengthened to protect our patients and further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Outpatient/Ambulatory/Emergency Department

For a patient coming for an emergency department visit, outpatient surgery, procedure, or office visit: limit (1) visitor/support person in the building.

  • No visitors under the age of 18
  • Exceptions:
    • “End of life” situations
    • Minor patients (<18 years old) may have two visitors but this is limited to only parents or guardians.
    • Patients who require assistance due to mobility, reorienting/confusion (patient safety), interpretation, court ordered, or healthcare decision making may have one (1) additional assistance person.   
    • No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases (unless above criteria met)

Hospitals

For hospitalized patients:

  • Visitors are no longer allowed
  • Exceptions:
    • Maternity patients may have two (2) support people.
    • One (1) person allowed to accompany a patient having major surgery on day of surgery and one day after surgery
    • “End of life” situations
    • Minor patients (<18 years old) may have two visitors but this is limited to only parents or guardians.
    • Patients who require assistance due to mobility, reorienting/confusion (Patient Safety), interpretation, court ordered, or healthcare decision making may have one (1) additional assistance person. 
    • No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases (unless above criteria met)

Visitor Screening

  • All visitors to hospitals will be screened for symptoms, exposure, or travel history.
  • Visitor screening is also being done at selected community ambulatory facilities.
  • Visitors will be asked to leave the facility if they have had symptoms in the past 24 hours or exposures in the last 14 days.
  • If the visitor is a driver for a patient, they will be asked to wait in their car until the patient’s appointment is completed.
  • Visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings.

THE ABOVE COVID-19 VISITOR RESTRICTIONS ARE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

March 19, 2020