To help reduce the spread of the virus during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visitors are limited to one visitor/support person per patient in our hospital and clinics. The visitor should be the same person throughout the stay and must remain with the patient at all times.
Patients diagnosed with, or under suspicion for COVID-19, may have one visitor on the medical-surgical unit. This designated visitor will be the same person for the entire length of stay for the patient and will be allowed to visit up to two consecutive hours per day. The visitor is expected to wash or sanitize their hands before entering the patient room and after leaving the patient room. The visitor will be shown how to properly don and doff the appropriate PPE by the patient’s nurse. The visitor will be provided information about the COVID-19 virus and how to prevent the virus’ spread. When visiting, the visitor is expected to wear the appropriate PPE the entire time they are in the room with the patient. The visitor will not be allowed in the patient room during any aerosolizing treatments. When the visitor leaves the patient’s room, the visitor will not be allowed to return to the patient’s room until the following day.
All patient visitors must be healthy and are screened for signs and symptoms of illness, or known exposure to the COVID-19 virus upon entry into the facility. For the safety of patients, staff and other visitors, individuals with symptoms of illness such as fever greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea must postpone their visits until further notice.
All patient visitors who are visiting hospitalized patients are discouraged from moving about the hospital. Following the health screening upon arrival to the facility, patient visitors are instructed to check in at the unit nursing station or unit reception desk and await direction from the unit staff before entering a patient room or exam area.
Exceptions may be made in certain situations and can be discussed with the patient’s attending physician or licensed practitioner and the patient care team.
Waverly Health Center staff have the authority to request individuals on the premises who do not meet restriction criteria or are not following this policy to leave the premises.