St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Eases Visitor Restrictions
May 19, 2020
Updated May 19, 2020
Limited visitation now available for most patients as elective and non-urgent procedures gradually resume
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities. The decision was made as current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region and after careful review of state and federal guidance. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per day, have been implemented effective immediately.
Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients and we feel confident that it is safe to begin allowing limited visitors again at this time.
As part of the updated visitor restrictions, patients are now limited to one well visitor per day in the hospital. At this time, our outpatient clincs and Emergency Department are continuing to adhere to the zero-visitor protocol and are not allowing visitors, except for a caregiver actively involved in the patient's care and one parent or guardian for minors. All visitors must be 16 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and are required to wear a mask and a wristband while in the facility. Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free. Visitors are not allowed for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.
St. Joe's continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines. For additional updates on how the hospital is working to maintain a safe and supportive environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit sjrmc.org.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain a safe environment for our patients and team.