Monroe County Hospital and Clinics have begun the process of easing visitor restrictions, according to a press release.
Visitation restrictions at the Monroe County Hospital were put in place during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to protect the more vulnerable populations as well as their staff. According to a press release, Monroe County Hospital and Clinics state that they recognize the benefit of patients having someone with them for support.
According to the statement by MCHC, the new guidelines for visitors and support persons are as follows:
- All visitors will be screened, those with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter the facility
- One visitor that has been predetermined by the patient is allowed to visit
- No substitutions or trading shifts for visitors
- Visitors are only allowed in the patients room or other room where the patient is currently located
- No use of waiting rooms or the cafeteria
- Visitation of patients that are positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited, except under compassionate care exception
- Visitors must wear a mask and are advised to perform frequent hand hygiene
- Visiting hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The outside entrances except the Medical Clinic entrance and Emergency Room entrance will remain locked in order to limit exposures within the facility. Additionally, the MCHC cafeteria shall remain closed to the public until further notice. All visitors are encouraged to continue following the CDC guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19.