TidalHealth announces updated visitation policy, effective Oct. 18th

Tidal Health

DELMARVA – TidalHealth officials have announced a modification to its visitation policy, effective Monday, October 18th.

One visitor over the age of 18 will be allowed per patient, however, if the patient is confirmed to have COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19, visitation will not be allowed. We’re told, however, end of life accommodations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

This visitation policy will be in place at both TidalHealth Peninsula Regional and TidalHealth Nanticoke. Visitors will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times. Gaiters and bandanas are not permitted.

On entry, visitors will be screened for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who is feeling ill or feverish should not visit and will not be allowed to proceed to a patient floor if they are found to have a fever or symptoms.

In addition, TidalHealth will provide each guest with a visitation card that must be returned at the end of their visit to the same reception desk from which it was obtained. Failure to do so will result in that patient not being allowed additional visitors until the card is returned. Visitors will not be allowed to wait inside any TidalHealth lobby prior to visiting hours or while waiting to enter a patient’s room if already occupied by a guest. Visitors are encouraged to wait in their vehicles and coordinate visiting times with loved ones to avoid an overlap of guests.

At TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, visitors should enter via the Hannah Main Entrance, located near the Visitor Parking Garage off Vine Street. At TidalHealth Nanticoke, visitors should use the main entrance or their designated entrance.

One support person is allowed to accompany a patient in the Emergency Department. In the Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby units, one support person and one approved and certified doula are allowed to accompany the mother.

Visitation hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days per week.

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