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Owensboro Health updated visitor guidelines to allow two visitors to non-COVID patients

March 7, 2022 | 10:56 am

Updated March 7, 2022 | 11:39 am

Owensboro Health has updated its visitor policy now allowing two designated visitors for non-COVID-19 patients citing a downward trend in COVID-19 cases. Additionally, Outpatient Therapies and Owensboro Health Medical Group Clinics now allow two designated visitors.

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Since August 2021, only one visitor has been allowed for hospital patients.

“Visitor restrictions are in place to protect the patients, providers and staff of Owensboro Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions help limit exposure inside the facility and allow for a safer environment for everyone,” Owensboro Health said in a release Monday morning.

The following guidelines are in effect until further notice:

  • Two adult visitors will be allowed per non-COVID patient per day.
    • Everyone must pass a screening before entering our facilities.
    • Masks are required to be worn over the mouth and nose at all times while in our facilities.
    • Physical distancing standards must be maintained.
    • Everyone is required to wash or sanitize their hands frequently.
    • No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit.
    • Approved visitors will receive an armband to identify them as such.
    • Maternity Services will issue name badges to identify approved visitors.
    • All patients and visitors of Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital and Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center must enter through the Emergency entrances to be screened upon entry after hours:
    • Clergy visitations will follow established guidelines/process
    • Exceptions will be made for end-of-life care
  • Transitional Care and Long-Term Care Units are following CMS guidelines.
  • Outpatient Surgery is allowing one visitor per patient unless the patient is under age 18. Two support people are allowed for children.
  • Visitors should maintain a distance from other parties while in the waiting room.
  • Outpatient Testing is allowing one visitor per patient.
  • Therapies and Clinics are allowed two visitors per patient.

Visitor guidelines for the Maternity Services and Pediatric Unit were also updated to the following:

  • Two parents or caregivers of a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are allowed as long as they are not symptomatic or have COVID-19.
  • Two parents or caregivers of pediatric patients are allowed as long as they are not symptomatic or have COVID-19.
  • Two support people (doulas are included as a support person) are allowed in Labor & Delivery or Mother Baby Units.
  • Support person(s) must remain the same throughout the entire stay.
  • No one under the age of 18 will be permitted.

March 7, 2022 | 10:56 am

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