CoxHealth, Mercy to Ease Visitor Restrictions

Springfield’s hospital systems have announced they will be easing the restrictions on visitors put in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

CoxHealth announced they canceled their ban of all visitors with the following restrictions in place:

  1. Inpatient: Most non-COVID patients in the hospital will be allowed one visitor for two consecutive hours per day. Visitors may choose between one of two open visiting opportunities: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., or 4 – 6 p.m. These hours are consistent across all campuses.
  2. Emergency departments and Urgent Cares: Patients will be allowed one visitor for the first and last 30 minutes of treatment to assist with admission details and discharge planning.
  3. End-of-life care: Patients who are at end-of-life, or on comfort care, will be able to have two visitors at a time.

All visitors to CoxHealth are required to wear a mask at all times while in the facilities that cover nose and mouth. Also, any visitors must wash their hands before entering and exiting a patient’s room.

Other restrictions are on the CoxHealth website.

Mercy announced that their hospitalized patients will be able to have one visitor per day. The visitors must have their temperature checked and answer COVID-19 related questions. Visitors will be required to wear a mask throughout their visit.

Mercy is maintaining their restrictions on clinic and outpatient visitors to ensure social distancing. The only time an adult patient can bring a visitor with them are:

  • Interpreters
  • Medical decision-makers
  • Those necessary to ensure patients receive care
  • Young children can accompany parents/guardians if child care is not available

“Our patients and their loved ones have been so understanding of our recent policies, which were designed to limit the risk of COVID-19 infections among our patients and caregivers,” Craig McCoy, president of Mercy Springfield Communities, said in a statement. “Mercy recognizes how important family and friends are to a patient’s recovery, and we’re so pleased to be able to welcome them back into our hospitals.”

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