Peninsula Regional Health System announces visitation changes amid coronavirus outbreak

SALISBURY, Md. – Visitation changes are coming to the Peninsula Regional Health System, which includes Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, and the McCready Health Pavilion, in light of the coronavirus.

If you’re not feeling well or don’t have to visit, you are asked to not visit.

Starting Friday, March 13th, the following additional precautions and practices will be in effect:

  • Visiting hours restricted to Noon until 8 p.m. at Nanticoke and Peninsula Regional (this will implemented on Monday, March 16th)
  • No visitors under the age of 18 unless they are parents of hospitalized children. This includes infants and siblings across all areas of the hospitals.
  • Limit of one visitor per patient. Only one person may accompany a patient into the hospital or into any of PRHS’s physician officers or immediate care centers. Additional visitors will not be permitting in the building and may not stay in lobbies or waiting areas. They may visit, but only after the first person has completed their visit and left the building.
  • Visitors are required to check in at the front desk of any location.
  • Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and sore throat. Those showing symptoms will be asked to leave and referred to their primary care provider, and will not be allowed to visit.
  • If screening questions determine a visitor has traveled internationally, they will not be allowed to visit patients until after they’ve been back in the United States for 14 days.
  • Labor and Delivery will be restricted to two visitors including the professional support person/postpartum helper.

We’re told that exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for situations including end of life. Family, friends, and loved ones are encouraged to use electronic devices and applications such as phones, FaceTime, and Skype, to keep in contact with patients.

Enhanced safety precautions remain in effect at the Chesapeake Cover Assisted Living Center and the Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield. Visitation is restricted to one person per visit per resident at either facility, and limited to only those above the age of 18. All people visiting will be screened on entry for cold, flu-like, or respiratory symptoms, and asked a series of questions about international travel, recent contact with others who have been sick, and if they are employed at a healthcare facility.

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