Munson Healthcare Updates Visitation Policies
Munson Healthcare announced on Monday they have modified their visitation policy due to fewer Covid-19 cases locally.
Patients can have one visitor, 18 years and older; regardless of vaccination status.
Two visitors are allowed in certain cases, and their universal masking policy remains in place at all locations.
Effective Monday, May 24, 2021 visitation revisions include:
- Allowing all patients including inpatients, outpatients, and surgical patients one visitor/support person at a time, 18 years of age or older.
- Allowing Emergency Department patients one visitor. However, if that patient is COVID-19 positive or showing COVID-19 symptom they will not be allowed a visitor in the Emergency Department.
- Continuing to allow COVID-19 inpatients to have one visitor per day. Visitors must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as instructed for the duration of each visit. Staff will help with safely donning and removing PPE. Visitors must leave the room immediately if breathing becomes difficult, they feel dizzy, or face, eyes, mouth, or nose become irritated. Hospital screeners/unit staff will provide a handout for visitors with the specific protocol.
- Allowing obstetric patients to have a support person for every ultrasound.
- Allowing pediatric patients to have two adult caregivers at a time.
More than one visitor at a time is allowed for:
- Obstetrics patients: One birthing partner or support person (must be the same person during the duration of their stay) and one certified doula. Obstetric patients with a COVID-19 positive diagnosis are allowed one visitor, with appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Pediatric patients (21 years of age or younger): May have two adult primary caregivers at a time (such as parents, foster parents, or guardians). It is strongly preferred that the caregivers are the same for the duration of their stay or visit in outpatient settings. If a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patient is a multiple and their sibling (twin, triplet, etc.) is not a NICU patient, the multiple sibling may visit with the primary caregiver. No other siblings under 18 years may visit pediatric patients.
- End of life: Two visitors at a time. Visitors for patients at end of life may be evaluated on a case- by-case basis, including those under the age of 18. Patients with a COVID-19 positive diagnosis who are at this stage are allowed visitors with appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Overnight stays: Limited to obstetrics, pediatrics, and extenuating circumstances approved by the care team.
- Individuals performing spiritual care, legal or governmental functions: One spiritual advisor of a patient’s choosing is allowed one visit. Personnel from law enforcement, adult protective services, interpreters, and other such groups are allowed one at a time.
- Waiting room availability is based on capacity and ability to social distance. Visitors may be asked to wait in other designated areas if a waiting room is unavailable or at capacity.
For complete information on visitation policies, go to munsonhealthcare.org and click on the banner at the top of the page.