Patients at MercyOne Clinton Medical Center will be allowed more visitors as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.
The hospital says that visitor restrictions are beginning to ease this week because Clinton County is continuing to experience a low prevalence of COVID-19 cases.
New guidelines include:
- One visitor over the age of 18 will be allowed per patient at a time.
- Visitors must wear a mask while in the hospital and throughout the entire visit.
- All visitors to any MercyOne facility must continue to follow screening procedures; anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, will not be allowed in the hospital at any time.
- Visitors are only allowed in the patient room or area in which the patient is located. Visitors can wait in the waiting rooms if there is proper social distancing.
"We recognize removing visitors was difficult for our patients, as well as their family and friends, as patient support contributes to peace of mind and healing," said Amy Berentes, senior vice president, chief operating officer and interim chief nursing officer. "We're pleased to be in a position where it's safe to ease our visitor restrictions, and we thank our colleagues, patients and family members for their flexibility in embracing new ways to communicate with their loved ones and caregivers."