Due to the low spread of COVID-19 in our local communities, we are returning to patient-directed visitation for most of our services. Two visitors will continue to be allowed in the emergency department, outpatient surgery and Birthing Center.
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 their symptoms are gone.
Patients diagnosed with, or under suspicion for COVID-19, may have two visitors. These designated visitors will be the same for the entire length of stay for the patient and will be allowed to visit up to two consecutive hours per day. The visitors are expected to wash or sanitize their hands before entering the patient room and after leaving the patient room. The visitors will be shown how to properly don and doff the appropriate PPE by the patient’s nurse. When visiting, the visitor is expected to wear the appropriate PPE the entire time they are in the room with the patient. The visitors will not be allowed in the patient room during any aerosolizing treatments.
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.