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Sentara Halifax Regional tightens visitor rules as COVID cases rise / August 03, 2021

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston on Tuesday announced tightened visitation rules at the hospital as the area witnesses a rise in COVID-19, tracking surging caseloads nationally as the Delta variant spreads rapidly among unvaccinated individuals.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,403 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, the highest total since mid-April. Halifax County recorded 10 new cases on Tuesday, the largest number in four months, while neighboring Mecklenburg County reported 17 new cases on Tuesday.

Under the updated policy, Sentara HRH is disallowing all visitors except in specific situations, such as ER and maternity ward visits, and the hospital is requiring guests to wear masks at all times inside the building except when eating or drinking.

The rules go into effect Wednesday.

Restrictions are as follows:

» No visitors are allowed at this time for patients in the hospital unless they have altered mental status, behavioral issues, handicaps, end of life, or are under 18 years of age.
» Patients who are end of life may have one visitor at the discretion of nursing leadership, utilizing appropriate PPE.

Outpatients, Procedural or Testing
» Outpatients, procedural or testing, are not allowed to have visitors unless they have altered mental status, behavioral issues, handicaps, or are under 18 years of age.

Emergency Department Patients
» Non-COVID patients in the Emergency Department will be allowed one visitor.
» COVID patients or patients suspected of having COVID may not have visitors at this time.
» Approved visitors may be asked to wait in their vehicle and will be called when the patient is in a room and can have a visitor.

Maternity, Nursery Patients
» Maternity, Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have two visitors per their established criteria.

General Visitation Rules
» Please limit congregating in waiting rooms.
» If a waiting room is at capacity, you may be asked to wait outside of the building or in your vehicle.
» Clergy are allowed to visit in addition to the approved visitor.
» Masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking while socially distanced.
» Social distancing and masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination status.
» Visitors 12 and under are prohibited from our hospital.
» Visitors will only be allowed if they are approved by the guidelines above and do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or current positive or pending COVID status.
» Visitors should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting patient rooms.

The updated rules apply only at the hospital. Sentara is keeping current guidelines at its other medical practices in Halifax and Mecklenburg counties.

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

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Total BS, the hospital has a monopoly on healthcare now. This is about control. They are an "essential business" under the old emergency order. How can people accept this? It is time for everyone to stand up and say NO! Yet people are rolling over an giving up their rights with no problem. They say it is to protect others, well how many died giving you those rightS?S?


allpolitical2 your comment is BS....Save Lives not your opinion.


@allpolitical2 How many more need to die before people learn that altering their behavior slightly for the safety of others ISN'T an attack on their freedoms? Literally, the goal is to KEEP people from having to die needlessly. One more person is one more too many. How many actual dead people do you know that think it's been an honor to die in agony for their country? How many were actually happy to leave behind their families/children to mourn them, while people like you moan about petty things like healthcare and lack of freedom? I'll wait while you ask them.


@allpolitical2 - still spewing nonsense. Mih rights muh freedumbs, gubernment... clueless selfish shameful fake patriot true trader of our country

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