Friday, August 27, 2021

First Local Hospital Returns to Visitor Restrictions as Delta Variant continues

In response to the growing number of Covid-19 Delta cases, Noyes Memorial Hospital is implimenting visitor restrictions this week.

The changes are:
■ Each patient may designate two visitors. One designee can visit per day for up to four hours; no changes to exception approval process.
■ Obstretics will continue to allow one support person and one visitor or doula during labor, and a support person and one visitor for up to four hours after delivery. For COVID-positive patients, only one support person is allowed, with no visitors or doula.
■ Visitation will no longer be allowed for COVID-positive patients unless they meet other criteria, such as end-of-life or pediatric patients.
■ All other visitor exceptions remain in place, and the Emergency Department, surgical areas and outpatient areas will remain as-is. Patients in the hospital’s emergency department have been permitted one visitor or caregiver since February, though visitors were also not allowed for COVID-19 positive patients in the emergency department.

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