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Hospital restricts patient visitation

SoVaNow.com / October 12, 2020
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the county, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital will modify visitation until the hospital is able to safely implement new opportunities for limited visitation.

As a result of these new restrictions, no visitors will be allowed in the Hospital or in the Emergency Department, with some exceptions. The policy went into effect Oct. 9.

VISITOR EXCEPTIONS

Maternity, Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have one visitor.

Patients who are end of life may have two visitors (Non-COVID and COVID patients) at the discretion of nursing leadership.

Patients with disruptive behavior, altered mental status, handicaps, or developmental delays may have one visitor to stay with them throughout their stay.

Minors under the age of 18 may have one visitor, either a parent or a guardian.

Visitors allowed must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit and must wear a mask the entire time they are in the building. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital immediately and not congregate in public areas.

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital will continue to monitor the visitor policy and will adjust accordingly as appropriate



VISITOR SAFETY GUIDELINES for Non-COVID-19 patients:

Visitors 12 and under are prohibited from our hospitals.

A visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or current / pending COVID status.

Visitors should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting patient rooms.



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