Texas Health Resources has modified its visitation policy for all its facilities. The change came into effect on Friday, and it is based on the spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious delta variant.
Find out how this affects you and what rules you need to abide by to be able to give comfort and support your loved ones in Frisco.
What are the details?
Patients who are receiving treatment for a condition other than COVID-19 will only be able to have one visitor at a time. The total for one day is two visitors. This requirement includes labor and delivery cases.
“We know that having your loved ones with you is important. However, we are limiting the number of people in our facilities to protect patients and health care personnel. Effective August 6, 2021, our visitor guidelines have changed to allow one visitor for most hospital inpatients,” it is stated on the Texas Health website.
For hospital inpatients it is important to keep in mind that “visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors arriving after 7 p.m. will not be able to enter. One visitor is allowed to stay in the patient room overnight, as long as they arrive before 7 p.m. If patient was admitted from the Emergency Department, visitors are allowed to stay overnight, regardless of the time.”
“No visitors are allowed for COVID-19-positive patients, except for special circumstances.”
What about the emergency department?
The new visiting rules allow “one visitor for patients who do not have COVID-19 or are not suspected of having COVID-19. The visitor must stay with the patient in the treatment room at all times. The designated visitor is allowed to stay in the patient room overnight and remain with the patient if they are admitted to the hospital, regardless of the time.”
If there is any COVID-19 suspicion or confirmation the rule is that “no visitors are allowed for COVID-19-positive or suspected positive patients, except for special circumstances. Visitation may be limited if the patient’s medical and/or COVID-19 status changes. Visitors must leave the waiting room if asked and wait elsewhere to ensure safe distancing.”
What’s the situation for patients with disabilities or impairment?
The guidelines explain that “for patients with disabilities or impairment, one support person is allowed for COVID-19 positive patients, with no restrictions on visiting hours.”
Also keep in mind that the support person must “meet clinical criteria used for general visitation, i.e., pass COVID-19 screening. The screening includes symptom check, as well as no known COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 20 days, at least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improved symptoms.”