Jennie Stuart Health has released new visitation guidelines as the state slowly reopens among the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hospital’s main campus now permits a patient to have one visitor or support person. Visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily.
The hospital’s 18th Street entrance will remain open only for outpatient infusion, cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation patients. All other visitors should enter through the main entrance near the emergency department.
No other hospital entrances will be open. COVID-19 screenings will be conducted at both entrances.
Upon arrival, visitors will be screened for a fever, COVID-19 symptoms and will be asked if they have been in contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient within the last 14 days. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
E.C. Green Cancer Center patients will enter through the Wallace Building. Screenings will also be done there.
All visitors must provide their name, phone number and the patient they wish to visit. Visitors will be provided with a surgical mask which they will be required to wear. Visitors may also wear their own mask.
“We ask that visitors remain in the patient room at all times during their visit,” the hospital said in a statement. “Waiting rooms are for patient use only.”
Visitors and staff presenting with a fever over 100 degrees, symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient or those who refuse to wear a mask will be asked to reschedule their visit to a later date.
No visitors under the age of 16 will be allowed. Essential caregivers must accompany patients under the age of 18 and adult patients that are physically dependent or require assistance.
Visitors of patients at end-of-life may be allowed to visit outside of normal hours with prior arrangements.
No visitors will be allowed in the emergency room. On visitor is allowed in Inpatient Non-COVID Patients/Critical Care after a screening and within visiting hours.
Visitation in the maternity and NICU wards is limited to one birthing partner that should remain the same throughout the duration of the mother’s stay. NICU is limited only to the parents of the baby.
No visitors will be allowed in the Outpatient Infusions or Outpatient Laboratory and Radiology Procedures areas unless the patient is disabled or otherwise not able to attend their appointment without their support person.
One visitor will be allowed to accompany a patient for surgical procedures. That visitor is to wait in their car until notified by staff for further instructions. Once the patient’s procedure is complete, the visitor will be notified of the next steps.
COVID-19 patients and those patients being screened for COVID-19 will not be allowed to have visitors unless the patient’s condition warrants a restricted visit related to the patient’s outcome.