New temporary visitor policy - effective Monday, August 2, 2021
In order to protect our patients, visitors, physicians and caregivers from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are enacting the following modified hospital visitor policy.
For the safety of our patients, visitors and caregivers, visitors will not be allowed to visit COVID-19 positive patients and patients under investigation for COVID-19.
Visitor access will also be restricted to adult visitors only. There will be no access for visitors below the age of 18 unless the visitor is the parent of a hospitalized child.
Visitor hours are 12 noon – 8:00pm with one adult visitor allowed per patient for that calendar day. Additional modifications apply to certain patient care areas as outlined below.
- Patients Undergoing Procedures – One visitor is allowed per patient. Visitor must remain in the designated waiting area. If the patient is admitted, the visitor can visit with the patient after the patient is admitted to his/her room.
- Emergency Room (ER) – One visitor is allowed per patient in the ER.
- Baker Act Receiving Mental Health Units - No visitors are allowed except those legally required including a patient’s attorney of record, or a state or federal representative on official duty.
Exceptions must be approved by the Hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) or administration and will be considered in specific circumstances such as end-of-life needs.
All persons authorized to enter the hospital must practice hand sanitization upon entering the hospital and upon entering and exiting a patient’s room and must wear a mask at all times, including in a patient’s room. All visitors will participate in a passive screening.
They may only enter the facility if the answer to each of the following questions is “yes.”
- I have not had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or thought to have COVID-19, within the last 14 days.
- I have none of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
- I agree to wear a mask at all times that I am not eating or drinking while in the facility.
Be prepared to confirm that the above is true prior to entering the facility.
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.