Due to the ongoing threat of community transmission involving the COVID-19 virus, SIH has a no-visitor policy for patients hospitalized in our facilities. This decision is made in the best interest of patients, healthcare providers and staff. Nurse leaders will work with families for exceptions involving end of life care.
- Birthing Center patients may have one dedicated support person
- Pediatric/Special Care Unit patients may have one parent/guardian at a time
- Patients with behavioral health, developmental delays or altered mental status for whom a family member or caregiver is integral to their care or safety may have one dedicated support person
- Patients in the Emergency Department may have one dedicated support person
- Patients at end-of-life may have one dedicated support person
- Other considerations made on a case-by-case basis when essential to ensure the emotional well-being and care of the patient.
All visitors to SIH facilities will have their temperature checked and complete a COVID-19 screening upon entry. Visitors will not be allowed to enter if they have fever, respiratory symptoms or exposure risk. Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted.
Visitors who are permitted must:
- Remain in the patient’s room for duration of visit with no access to other areas in the hospital (i.e. cafeteria, waiting rooms)
- Not enter the room during nasopharyngeal (NP) specimen collection or aerosol-generating procedures
- Perform hand hygiene at point of screening and upon entry/exit of the patient’s room
- Notify the clinical care team if they develop signs or symptoms of illness during visit
Thank you for your understanding and support as we work to keep our region safe.