Temporary visitor policy (January 19, 2021)
We are enacting the following modified hospital visitor policy:
- Inpatient Units – One visitor is allowed per patient during visiting hours. Visitation times will be from 10am – 11am and 5pm – 6pm.
Exceptions must be approved by the hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) or administration and can be made for end of life situations.
- Emergency Room – One visitor is allowed per patient in the ER.
Once a patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor must leave as visitors are not allowed in inpatient areas.
- Outpatient Procedures – One visitor is allowed per patient who is having an outpatient surgery or other outpatient procedure requiring sedation.
Visitor must leave the hospital once the patient’s procedure begins and will be contacted when the patient’s procedure is complete to return to the hospital. If the patient is admitted as an inpatient, the visitor must leave as visitors are not allowed in inpatient areas.
- Anyone under the age of 18 will not be considered for visitation unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child.
All persons authorized to enter the hospital must wear a mask at all times, including in a patient’s room and practice hand sanitization upon entering the hospital and upon entering and exiting a patient’s room. They will have their temperature taken, be screened for illness, and asked the following questions:
- Have you had a fever and signs/symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, flu-like symptoms, or shortness of breath)?
- Are you currently being tested for COVID-19?
- Do you have active allergy symptoms – runny nose, cough, watery eyes?
- Do you have loss of taste, loss of smell, or metallic taste?
- Do you have bowel or stomach problems?
If you answer positive (yes) to any of the above – we will not allow entrance to the facility unless seeking emergency medical assistance.
Patients may consider using phone, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with family and friends during this time.
Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to any visitation restrictions described on this webpage. Those circumstances include religious visitation as well as a designated support person for a patient with a disability to provide assistance with communication or other necessary components of the patient’s treatment. All persons entering under an exception remain subject to appropriate infection control protocols.