TidalHealth Peninsula Regional visitation to close Monday due to COVID-19 case increase
SALISBURY, Md.— Citing an increase in COVID-19 cases, TidalHealth Peninsula Regional will no longer be allowing visitors in the hospital starting Monday, Nov. 9.
“The decision was not made lightly, as we know how important the support of family and loved ones is to our patients,” said Sarah Arnett, vice president of Patient Care Services. “With a rise in positive cases in our service area, and a higher number of COVID-positive patients admitted to our facility, we chose to close general visitation to augment current safety measures in place and limit any potential spread of the virus within the hospital.”
The change comes by Monday to give patients who have been admitted over the weekend a chance to make plans and adjust to the new arrangements, according to TidalHealth. The system encouraged friends and family to use phones and video calls to stay in contact with their patients or loved ones.
Anyone entering the building will continue to be screened, while masks are required, and the no-visitor policy will be routinely evaluated to determine when visitation may be safe again.
Exceptions to this rule will be made for end-of-life situations. The system said other exceptions will include:
- Patients giving birth may have one support person with them during their entire stay on the Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby units.
- Pediatric patients may have a parent or guardian with them at all times.
- Emergency Department patients may also have a support person with them while they are in the ED; however, if the patient is admitted to an inpatient floor, they must then follow the no-visitation policy.
- Outpatient and elective surgery patients are allowed one support person; masking and social distancing required.