Limited Visitor Restrictions

July 26, 2021

Limited Restrictions Effective July 26, 2021


Visiting Patients in the Emergency Room

  • Visitation restricted to the patient’s room only.
  • One visitor may accompany a patient while in the Emergency Department
  • Require visitors who are medically able to wear a mask or other cloth face covering for the duration of their visit.
  • Emergency Room visitors will be denied entry if they have a fever of 100.4 or greater and/or 2 or more symptoms related to COVID-19. Symptoms Include:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Visiting Patients Admitted to the Hospital

  • Visitation permitted only during select hours (10am-6pm) Daily and limit the number of visitors to two visitors at a time.
  • If visitor is symptomatic with fever >100.4 or 2 or more symptoms of COVID-19 they should not be permitted entry into building.
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • SMH will discourage visitors from entering the facility to visit persons at high risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19, including older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions.
  • Visitation is restricted to the patient’s room only.
  • Visitors will not be permitted to patients in isolation unless end of life is imminent.  Visitor will then be educated on proper donning/doffing of PPE and isolation precautions.
  • Require visitors who are medically able to wear a mask or other cloth face covering for the duration of their visit.
  • Patients admitted for in-patient stays will have access to video or audio calls using hospital technology.
  • No visitation is permitted during aerosol-generating procedures or during collection of respiratory specimens unless deemed necessary by hospital staff for the care and well-being of the patient.

Bringing a Caregiver to an Outpatient Appointment

The following departments are allowing one (1) well visitor to attend appointments if necessary.

  • Rural Health Clinic Family Practice Appointments
  • Specialist Appointments
  • Laboratory
  • Medical Imaging
  • Ambulatory Care Unit
  • One visitor may accompany a patient to appointment as needed for caregiver assistance.
  • All patients and visitors must follow mask protocol.
  • Visitors must use Main Door entrance and have proper screening and temperature checks.
  • Visitors will will be denied entry if they have a fever of 100.4 or greater and/or 2 or more symptoms related to COVID-19. They will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
    • Symptoms Include:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
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