WVU Medicine to begin relaxing visitation restrictions

Posted on 7/16/2021

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine has begun easing visitation restrictions in place at its hospitals and clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy, effective Monday, July 19, is in place to ensure the health and safety of patients, visitors, vendors, students, volunteers and caregivers by implementing strategies to control the spread of COVID-19 on WVU Medicine properties. Reduce.

Each site has a site-specific admission screening and visitation approval process. All patients, visitors, vendors, students, volunteers and caregivers must be screened for symptoms or other risk factors of COVID-19 before entering a facility.

The new guidelines are as follows:

Inpatient Units for Adults

Two patient-approved adult primary caregivers/visitors at a time during designated visiting times. Patients can indicate as many approved adult visitors as they wish. Visitors/carers may enter the departure building and return the same day. Two approved visitors for 60 minutes at the time of admission and discharge if not within designated visiting hours. No nighttime visit allowed. COVID-19 Positive Infectious Patients and COVID-19 Individuals Under Study (PUI): Visit permitted on admission and then every five days in accordance with West Virginia House Bill 2368. Exceptions to the above with special circumstances will be considered and approved by unit management.

Pediatric Inpatient Units Unit

Visits are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Two approved visitors allowed two at a time in the patient’s room for pediatric patients. Patients can indicate as many approved adult visitors as they wish. Visitors/carers may enter the departure building and return the same day. Two approved overnight visitors for pediatric hospital patients. COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 PUI allowed two approved visitors in the room at all times, including overnight, for pediatric patients. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has admitted two approved visitors at all times, including at night.

Obstetric Inpatient Units

Visits are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Always two approved visitors, even at night. Patients can indicate as many approved adult visitors as they wish. Visitors/caretakers may leave the building and return the same day.

Perioperative/Procedural Registration/Diagnosis

Adult: One approved visitor with patient for registration and waiting area before the procedure (if the room allows physical distance). Pediatric: Two visitors allowed per patient. Obstetrics: Two visitors allowed per patient.

Outpatient appointments

Adult: One visitor may accompany the patient to and remain in the room during the visit. Pediatric: Patients are allowed two visitors. Obstetrics: Two visitors allowed per patient.

Emergency Department

Adult: One approved visitor (over the age of 18) on arrival of each adult patient on ED. Pediatric: Two approved visitors (over the age of 18) in each pediatric patient. Obstetrician: Two approved visitors (over the age of 18) with each obstetric patient. Visitor may accompany the patient to and remain in the room during the stay in the A&E, whereby switching off is not recommended. Approved visitors may stay with the patient in the waiting room as long as physical distancing requirements allow. When the waiting room reaches a point where physical distancing cannot be respected, the following occurs: Adult patients: Visitors with adult patients are asked to wait outside or in their vehicle unless the patient asks the visitor to assist with enforcement of safety (examples: deaf/blind patients, low mental capacity, significant mobility limitations). Pediatric Patients: In cases where a pediatric patient has two visitors, one visitor will be asked to wait outside or in their vehicle. Obstetric patients: If an obstetric patient has two visitors, one visitor will be asked to wait outside or in the car.

End-of-life conditions

Additional accommodations will be coordinated to support family presence at the end of life as warranted under West Virginia House Bill 2368. For media inquiries: Angela Jones-Knopf, Corporate Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, 304-285-7259
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