Northeast Ohio hospitals impose stricter visitor policies due to coronavirus pandemic

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Updated: Mar. 20, 2020 at 12:35 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Several hospital systems have implemented stricter visitor policies due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All Cleveland Clinic hospitals in Ohio are allowing only one visitor for pediatric patients and one visitor for labor and delivery patients.

Cleveland Clinic officials said the patient’s care team will discuss with family members in an end-of-life circumstance.

All other visitors will be asked to leave the hospital.

Caregivers will also now undergo a thermal temperature scan each day when arriving to work.

Southwest General will now screen all visitors.

No visitors will be allowed to see patients with COVID-19 or persons under investigation for COVID-19 or any patients on the general medical/surgical floor.

Pediatric/Maternity patients can have the same one adult visitor for the duration of the stay.

Surgical patients can have one visitor for day of surgery.

Ambulatory Health Centers, physician offices, ER, also only one visitor.

For special requirements, individuals should ask to speak with the Chief Nursing Officer or Chief Medical Officer.

Summa Health has moved to a no visitors policy.

Exceptions will be made for one healthy visitor per patient.

Before being allowed in the hospital, each visitor will have their temperature taken. If it is over 100 degrees, they will not be allowed access.

Visitation is limited to one healthy visitor per day and visiting hours are from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

They will make exceptions for:

Patient who is in serious or critical condition or under hospice care

End-of-life (approval for requests for more than one person will be made by nurse manager)

Patient in the Emergency Department

Mothers in labor (significant other is permitted)

Children who are 18 years of age or under (parents permitted)

People undergoing surgery

Akron Children’s NICU (limited to mom and one additional visitor per day)

Adult patients with cognitive or mental disability requiring help with the provision of medical care or activities of daily living, speaking for the patient, keeping patient safe

People who must exercise of power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for a patient

People performing official governmental functions

Person requiring an outpatient test or procedure where a companion is required for support

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