Deaconess Hospital announces new visitor restrictions

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- Deaconess Hospital will start new visitor restrictions Sunday according to a press release Friday.

Deaconess Midtown Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital will limit patients to only one visitor, who must be 18 years old or older and must also complete a health screening. However, exceptions will be made for end-of-life situations and certain pediatric needs/

No visitors under 18 years old will be allowed at the Women’s Hospital, except for emancipated minors. Obstetrical patients may have one visitor in addition to their designated support person but both most stay with the patient at all times.

All visitors will be screened at the entrance and may only enter if they are free of a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and have not traveled out of the United States or to areas of active COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Visitors will also have to show identification upon entrance.

No visitation will be allowed at Deaconess Cross Pointe if a visitor reports symptoms of COVID-19, including family members going to a family therapy session. Anyone reporting symptoms of COVID-19 seeking an assessment must first complete a phone or virtual assessment.

All non-essential visitors, vendors, and contractors are prohibited from hospital facilities while restrictions are in place.

Right now, there are not any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Tri-State area.

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(This story was originally published on March 13, 2020)

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