As COVID-19 Cases begin to rise, many hospitals in the tri-state area are placing restrictions on visitors.
As of Tuesday (11/17/20) WellSpan is prohibiting visitors inside their facilities. There are some exclusions to this Policy.
Obstetrical patients are permitted one support person throughout their entire admission and care. This person must be in good health and ≥18 (unless they are the parent of the child).
Pediatric and NICU patients are permitted 2 parents or guardians throughout their entire admission.
Any end of life patients regardless of their COVID-19 status may only have two support persons at any given time.
There are more exceptions to this policy that can be found here.
These precautions are being put into place after a rise in hospitalization rates and COVID-19 Cases among the region.
It is projected that the number of patients in their facilities will exceed the amount in summer, when COVID-19 overwhelmed medical facilities across the state.
“The concern right now within our health system is that our predictive modeling shows that our counties may not yet be peaking from this most recent wave,” said WellSpan Health executive vice president and chief physician executive, Dr. Anthony Aquilina.
WellSpan asks that if you are experiencing non-emergent health issues, you should consider visiting one of their Urgent Care facilities. You can also access their online urgent care if you wish to be seen without traveling.
Remember, to protect yourself, your family, and our communities, remember simple, effective steps to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities:
- Limit gathering sizes – even small gatherings carry big risks.
- Avoid eating or drinking in groups.
- Follow masking and social distancing guidelines.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.