With COVID-19 cases on the decline in the Tri-State area, member hospitals of the Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky are increasing inpatient visitation over the course of the week.
A statement issued by the Community Patient Safety Coalition on Monday says that hospitalized patients will be able to receive two adult visitors per day, under a few conditions.
Visitors must screen for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, then register when they arrive.
The two registered visitors may see the patient together or separately throughout the day. Additionally, coalition member hospitals have specific processes in place for end-of-life visitation.
Masking will be required for all visitors.
Good Samaritan and Deaconess have both implemented the new visitation guidelines effective immediately. Due to its specific patient population, Select Specialty Hospital will continue to limit inpatient visitors to one per day.
Current visitor restrictions for outpatient and emergency departments, NICUs, and patients in isolation, will remain in place for now.
The decision to increase visitations for inpatients was made due to the decline of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region, but healthcare officials warn that with spring break and the Easter holiday approaching, should COVID-19 cases spike, hospital visitations may become more strict once again.
Hospitals will be increasing visitation at some point this week and may have varying visiting hours, so check hospital websites or call ahead for specific details.