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OH revises temporary visitor restrictions

May 16, 2020 | 12:07 am

Updated May 16, 2020 | 1:16 am

As Owensboro Health reopens services across the health system, they are updating visitor restrictions.

Upon arrival, visitors will be screened for the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeating shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Visitor must maintain physical distancing standard

A mask must be worn at all times inside the facility and visitors will be required to wash or sanitize their hands frequently.

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No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit.

No visitors will be permitted except for specific circumstances listed below until Monday.

Starting Monday:
One support person is allowed for patients in the following areas:

  • Emergency Department
  • Outpatient surgery or procedures
  • Outpatient testing or treatments at hospitals
  • Infusion unit

Visitors should remain the same throughout the entire stay. Cafe services and the gift shop will not be open to visitors. Vending machines are available in waiting areas.

In inpatient facilities, no visitors will be permitted except under specific circumstances, and with prior approval. This includes:

  • End-of-life care or end-of-life decision making. For these situations, two visitors will be permitted.
  • One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge.
  • One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery.
  • Visitors attending part of scheduled family training for patients with rehabilitation needs.
  • For all outpatient appointments:
  • No visitors will be permitted to accompany a patient to clinic visits.

Beginning May 26:

  • One visitor will be allowed for admitted patients between the hours of noon and 6 p.m.
  • Visitor should remain the same visitor throughout the entire stay.
  • Visitor must stay in the patient’s room.
  • Visitors will not be permitted to visit patients that have tested positive or are suspected to have COVID-19.
  • One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to outpatient clinic visits.

Also on May 26:

  • Inpatient surgery resumes
  • Cafe services resume (limited seating capacity and take out service)
  • Valet services resume (main entrance only)
  • Outdoor seating areas open

There are no changes to the Maternity Services or Pediatric Unit visitor guidelines. Two parents or caregivers of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit as long as they are not symptomatic. Two parents or caregivers of pediatric patients as long as they are not symptomatic. Only one visitor in labor & delivery and postpartum units. Visitor must remain the same throughout the entire stay.

Transitional Care and Rehab Units are not allowing visitors at this time.

There are no changes to the Clergy visitation at this time. In-person clergy visits are not allowed at this time. Video chat options will be made available for those requesting a visit. Exceptions will be made for end-of-life care for patients not in isolation.

As always, family, friends and loved ones should use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients whenever possible. (e.g. phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc.)

We will continue to evaluate visitor guidelines and make adjustments as needed.

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The Owensboro Health coronavirus hotline is available 24/7 by calling 877-888-6647. Call the hotline before seeking in-person care. More information from OH can be found here.

For the latest information and data on COVID-19 in Kentucky visit kycovid19.ky.gov or dial the Kentucky state hotline at 800-722-5725.

For the latest health guidelines and resources from the CDC, visit their website here.

May 16, 2020 | 12:07 am

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