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Increased COVID cases limits visitors at STPH

Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2020 | Views: 2138

Increased COVID cases limits visitors at STPH

By St. Tammany Health System Communication Department

COVINGTON---Due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in our community and in our hospital, effective Monday (July 20, 2020) St. Tammany Health System is limiting visitation to one essential adult caregiver per patient only until further notice.

Essential caregivers must be 18 years or over and one of the following:

Provider of essential transport home for a patient after a same-day surgical procedure
A laboring mother’s spouse or partner
The parent or guardian of an underage patient
A critically ill patient’s spouse or significant other
An infusion patient’s spouse or caregiver
A palliative care patient’s spouse, significant other or adult child
Assisting a special-needs patient who requires family member assistance due to dementia, decreased mental capacity or significant mobility impairment
We encourage patients and families to use technology to stay in touch while in our care. In cases where an essential caregiver is permitted, the following applies:

Caregivers must be free of fever and symptoms to be admitted to any STHS facility.
Caregivers must arrive in and wear a face covering for the entire duration of the visit.
Caregivers are not permitted on isolation units.
Caregivers must stay in the patient room or procedure waiting area, masked at all times. (In-room dining is available for a small fee as needed.)
Caregivers must adhere to all policies including social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing.
In a clinician’s judgment, visitation permission may be adjusted for patient safety and compassionate reasons.
As we continue to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our community and state regulations, this policy is subject to change.

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Visit STPH.org/COVID-19 for the latest information on coronavirus in St. Tammany Parish.
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