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Hospital changes visitation policy

Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Donalsonville Hospital has announced it has changed the visitation policy to no visitors for the hospital’s medical surgery hall and the emergency department.

A hospital spokesperson commented, “We apologize for this inconvenience and we ask you to please wear a mask, get vaccinated and socially distance as much as possible for the sake of the vulnerable members of our community.”

Future changes may occur as needed based on COVID-19 numbers.

For those patients admitted to the Med-Surg Unit, who “normally require full-time care or are developmentally disabled and usually reside with a parent, guardian, or care-giver”, that care-giver may be allowed to remain with the patient(s) during the hospital stay. The care-giver must abide by hospital visitation policies which includes remaining in room at all times and wearing PPE as required by DHI. A meal will be provided for the caregiver that remains with patient at all times.

Due to increased COVID-19 cases, visitation has been restricted to one parent per pediatric patient, and remains restricted for all COVID-positive patients. Window visits are encouraged.

Visitation is restricted for COVID-positive patients or patients under investigation for COVID-19

One adult visitor for patient who requires around the clock care, and the RN in charge may allow at his or her discretion an additional visitor for end-of life situations.

In the outpatient surgery department one adult visitor per patient 18 and older, and two parents are allowed for pediatric surgical outpatient. In the labor and delivery department two adult visitors per patient

General policies for all visitors are as follows: ALL visitors shall be screened upon entrance. Visitation policies apply from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily; no one under 18 years of age allowed unless they are parents of a pediatric patient; and all visitors must wear a mask at all times while in facility.

If a visitor fails any of the following criteria he or she will not be allowed to visit patient: flu-like symptoms, cough/shortness of breath; fever, resides with a (+) COVID-19 person, had any contact with a (+) COVID-19 person within the last 14 days’ or had a recent loss of smell or taste.

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