Due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the community, Bothwell Regional Health Center is restricting its hospital visitor policy beginning at 6 am on Aug. 12.

No visitors are allowed in the Emergency Department (ED) or waiting area unless they are accompanying a minor or are needed for patient care. All other visitors will need to remain in their car. Security staff will maintain communication between visitors and patients throughout the patient stay in the ED.

One designated visitor is allowed per patient stay in inpatient hospital units for non-Covid patients. Designated visitors must check in at the visitor desk at the main entrance. If a visitor is not the identified designated visitor for the patient they wish to see, they may not stay in the hospital. Other options to visit include doxy.me, Zoom or FaceTime calls.

No visitors are allowed for patients who are Covid-19 positive or awaiting test results. Exceptions may be made for end-of-life, special circumstances or patients who are children.

Visitors are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status and are encouraged to stay in the patient’s room. Visiting hours remain from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other visitor precautions still in effect are one visitor in surgical units, which includes same-day surgery, general surgery and labor and delivery, and two visitors may visit mother/baby at a time once they are in a postpartum room.

Visitors should practice good hand hygiene, social distancing and take precautions when in contact with others. People who feel ill or have virus-like symptoms should not visit patients in the hospital.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

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