EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – According to a press release that Deaconess sent out, due to the quick rise of COVID-19 numbers, member hospitals of the Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky will decrease visitation for hospitalized patients beginning next week, through at least mid-February.

According to a press release that Deaconess sent out, Hospitalized adult patients will be able to receive one adult visitor per day. All visitors must check-in when they arrive and they must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. Masking will be required for all visitors. According to a press release that Deaconess sent out, these hospitals may choose to maintain current restrictions for outpatient and emergency departments, obstetric patients, NICU and pediatric patients, and hospitals may make exceptions for end-of-life visitation. According to a press release that Deaconess sent out, visiting hours and processes vary for each hospital, and visitors should check the website of their chosen hospital or call ahead for specific details.

According to a press release that Deaconess sent out, not only are the rising COVID numbers to blame for these changes, but staffing and other hospital resources are impacted at this time by both patient volumes and high numbers of staff absences. These challenges are affecting hospitals’ ability to accommodate visitors and their needs.

Hospitals that are doing these changes include:

  • Daviess Community Hospital
  • Deaconess Health System (Indiana & Kentucky)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation
  • Select Specialty Hospital
  • Ascension St. Vincent Evansville
  • Ascension St. Vincent Warrick
  • Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital
  • The Women’s Hospital