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UofL Health revises visitor policy amid coronavirus pandemic

University of Louisville Health announced a revision to its temporary visitor policy at all facilities to allow one visitor per patient.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville Health announced a revision to its temporary visitor policy at all facilities and outpatient medical centers to allow one visitor per patient, in most cases.

All visitors must be 18+ and should arrive wearing a mask completing a health screening when entering a facility. Those with respiratory symptoms will not be allowed entry.

UofL also instructs that visitors should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds when entering and leaving patient rooms and the facility in general. 

Any visitor must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. If visitors do not want to wear a mask, they will not be allowed to enter the facility. 

The healthcare provider outlined a number of visitor details including inpatients and emergency services.

Hospital Inpatients

Adult inpatients may have one visitor, who should remain in the patient’s room during the visitation. Visiting hours will be between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. No waiting areas will be available outside of the patient’s room.

Clergy for patients in palliative care, emergency care and hospice care are welcome.

UofL Health encourages use of FaceTime, Skype and phone calls to visit with loved ones in the hospital.

Women’s Services

One visitor is permitted as the designated support person for labor, delivery and duration of the mother’s hospital stay.

Two parents or guardians are permitted for NICU patients.

Emergency Department

Adult emergency department patients may have one person accompany them into the facility.

Pediatric emergency department patients may have two parents/guardians accompany them into the facility. 

Surgery or Procedural Areas

Adult patients scheduled for a surgery or a procedure (inpatient or outpatient) may have one person accompany them into the facility. Private visitor areas will be opened where available; however, visitors will still be encouraged to remain in their car during the procedure as public waiting areas will be severely limited in order to maintain appropriate social distancing. 

Pediatric patients scheduled for a surgery may have two parents/guardians accompany them into the facility.

Adult outpatient medical centers and offices

Patients with respiratory symptoms should wait in their vehicles or outside the office. All patients should arrive wearing a mask and will complete a health screening prior to their appointment.

Adult patients cannot be accompanied into their appointment at this time, unless the care giver is required to maintain or inform the health care of the individual patient.

For more UofL Health updates, click here.

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