Limited Visitor Restrictions

April 14, 2021

Limited Restrictions Effective April 14th, 2021


Visiting Patients Admitted to the Hospital

  • Visitation permitted only during select hours (2pm-6pm) Monday – Friday and limit the number of visitors to one specifically named person per patient stay.
  • Specified person’s name will be added to patients Electronic Health Record for staff awareness and identification will be verified prior to entering.
  • Specified person will need to be tested and results negative prior to entering for the first visit of the patient’s duration.  Testing will be available Monday-Friday at the drive through between the hours of 2:00pm and 3:00pm.
  • 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 well visitor may accompany a patient to appointment as needed for caregiver assistance.
  • All patients and visitors must follow mask protocol.
  • If visitor is symptomatic (respiratory infection, including, but not limited to, fever, cough, or shortness of breath), they should not accompany the patient to their appointment. They will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Visitors must use Main Door entrance and have proper screening and temperature checks.
  • Individuals will be denied entry if they have 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
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