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Updated Visitor Restrictions Effective May 19

Visitor Restrictions

No visitation will be permitted for outpatient testing, such as noninvasive radiology testing, routine X-rays, and lab studies.

No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.

Visitor Allowances

One (1) visitor per patient per day is allowed for

  • Emergency Department visit
  • Hospitalized inpatient stay
  • Outpatient surgical procedure
  • Office visit

The following exceptions may apply:

 “End of life” situations

 For maternity patients, one (1) additional support person, such as a doula, will be permitted.

 For minor maternity patients, a parent or guardian will also be permitted.

 Minor patients (under 18 years of age) may have two (2) visitors in the emergency department and inpatient setting, but this is limited to only parents or guardians.

 NICU patients will be allowed two (2) visitors for the duration of the patient’s stay with one visitor allowed at a time.

 Patients who require assistance due to mobility, reorienting/confusion (patient safety), interpretation, court-order, or health care decision-making may have one (1) additional assistance person.

Visitors must meet the following criteria:

  • Follow social distancing policies
  • Over the age of 18, unless they are parent or legal guardian of a pediatric patient.(“End of life” considerations will be made by the unit manager)
  • Comply with screening policies
  • Employees, staff, patients, and visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings.
  • Visitors should wear a mask (see below for mask practices)

Patients, Visitors, and Masks Policy

  • Patients and approved visitors should wear a mask.
  • Patients and visitors may wear their own mask or they will be required to accept and wear a mask provided by the hospital facility.
  • Masks or facial coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth. Masks should be worn during the following situations:
  • When in the common areas of the hospital facility, such as hallways, public restrooms, gift shops, and dining areas.
  • When a caregiver is present in a patient room
  • If a visitor refuses to wear a mask, please follow chain of command to resolve the issue. Visitors may be asked to leave the facility.
    • Exceptions may be made on an individual basis for those individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to health or disability issues.
  • Patients in private rooms can remove their mask when no visitor or care giver is present.

Bringing in patient belongings

If you need to bring personal belongings to a patient, please minimize the items to what is essential for their stay. Due to visitor restrictions, items will be collected at main entrances only. Those items being dropped off, will be collected, logged, and screened prior to police/security taking them to the patient.

Visitor Screenings

All visitors to hospitals and select outpatient facilities or doctor’s offices will be screened for symptoms and exposure.

  • Visitors will be asked to leave the facility if they have had symptoms in the past 24 hours or exposure in the last 14 days or a temperature at or greater than 100.0 degrees.
  • If the visitor is a driver for a patient and space is not available in the patient room or waiting room, the visitor may be asked to wait in their car until the patient’s appointment is completed.
May 18, 2020
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