Centra eases up on visitation policy

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 12:54 PM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Centra announced Wednesday it will relax its visitation policy as it continues to monitor the community spread of COVID-19.

Effective March 19, all Centra hospitals will allow two visitors per inpatient adult for non-COVID patients and those in the labor/delivery and mother/baby units. Centra says it will allow visitors to take turns, but only two will be allowed at a time. Professional doulas and clergy members do not count toward the visitor limit.

The emergency room and procedural areas are still restricted to one visitor per patient due to space constraints.

Centra says all visitors must be 18 years old or above and will only be allowed if they do not have any COVID symptoms. Visitors will be screened each time they enter and must answer questions and submit to a temperature check. They should limit going in and out of care areas and buildings. All visitors must also wear a mask and social distance. Most congregate waiting rooms remain closed, therefore visitors should remain in patient rooms.

Visitation hours will be from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. daily, excluding the emergency department, labor/deliver and mother/baby units, and for end of life patients.

The Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center will remain restricted, along with the adult and geriatric psychiatric units at Virginia Baptist Hospital and COVID units (unless for end-of-life situations).

Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities will continue with indoor and outdoor visitation at designated locations and by appointment. No more than two visitors per resident will be allowed, and no children or pets are allowed. Visitors will continue to be screened for COVID symptoms.

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