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Peninsula Regional Health System, including Nanticoke Memorial, limits visitation

Delaware News Desk
Sussex Countian

The Peninsula Regional Health System, operating Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the McCready Health Pavilion, announced March 12 an enhanced COVID-19 Patient Safety and Visitation Policy.

Foremost in the plan, those feeling unwell or who do not need to visit, should not visit, in particular during this time of COVID-19.

To protect staff, patients, visitors and community, PRHS will be implementing additional precautions and practices starting March 13. They include:

— Visiting hours restricted to noon until 8 p.m. at Nanticoke and Peninsula Regional, starting March 16.

The remainder of these changes will begin March 13.

— No visitors younger than 18 unless they are parents of hospitalized children. This includes infants and siblings across all areas of the hospitals.

— Limit of one visitor per patient. Only one person may accompany a patient into the hospital or into any of PRHS’s physician offices or immediate care centers. Additional visitors will not be permitted in the building and may not stay in lobbies or waiting areas. They may visit, but only after the first person has completed their visit and left the building.

— Visitors are required to check-in at the front desk of any location.

— Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and sore throat. Those exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave and referred to their primary care provider. They will not be allowed to visit.

— If screening questions determine a visitor has traveled internationally, they will not be allowed to visit patients until after 14 days back in the U.S.

— Labor and Delivery will be restricted to two visitors including the professional support person/postpartum helper.

Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for situations including events such as end of life. PRHS encourages friends, family and loved ones to use electronic devices and applications — phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc. — to keep in contact with patients.

Enhanced safety precautions remain in place at the Chesapeake Cove Assisted Living Center and the Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield. Visitation is restricted to one person, per visit, per resident at either facility, and limited only to those older than 18. All people visiting will be screened upon entry at the reception desk for cold, flu-like or respiratory symptoms, and asked a series of questions about international travel, recent contact with others who have been ill and if they are employed at a healthcare facility.

For more, visit peninsula.org or nanticoke.org.