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Restricted Visitation Policy

COVID-19Jefferson Healthcare has made a temporary restriction in routine visitors to the hospital campus and clinics to help ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff and community.

Discretionary Visits:

  • All discretionary visits to Jefferson Healthcare are temporarily restricted.
  • Cafeteria use is for Jefferson Healthcare staff only during this time.
  • All support groups, Wellness Center classes and Exercise for Health Classes will be postponed until further notice.

Visits to Patient:

  • Anyone with upper respiratory symptoms, including fever, sore throat, or cough, please postpone visits to Jefferson Healthcare until you feel better.
  • If you have recently been exposed COVID-19 please wait 14 days after exposure before visiting any patients at Jefferson Healthcare.

Anyone entering the hospital must present at the Main Central Registration, Waterside Entrance, Express Clinic or Emergency Department, sign in, and receive a visitor badge before going to patient rooms.

All routine/discretionary patient visitors have been suspended due to COVID-19.

Please see below for exceptions:

  • Family Birth Center: one partner and one consistent birth support person.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one consistent visitor.
  • Patients with disruptive behavior, in which a family member is key to their care, may have one consistent visitor.
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one consistent visitor who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery.
  • Patients who have an appointment at a hospital-based clinic, laboratory, or radiology, as well as those visiting the Emergency Department, may have one consistent person with them.
  • Intensive care unit (ICU): one consistent visitor.
  • End-of-life: two visitors at a time guideline.  Exceptions will be made in consultation with the hospitalists.
  • Patients with suspected positive COVID-19 diagnosis may not have visitors, including family.

The purpose of this temporary policy is to keep our patients, staff and community safe from COVID-19 and other respiratory illness exposure and to make sure limited supplies of personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, etc.) are preserved for patient care.  While we recognize the restrictions, the policy puts in place are inconvenient, we hope they will be accepted and complied with in the spirit for which they are intended: to keep everyone safe and well.

This policy will remain until COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community.  We appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times.  Our goal is to protect the health of our community and our staff.

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