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.
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.