PHOENIX, AZ – In early August, an Arizona non-profit health system, HonorHealth, is moving its visiting policy to the "Concerned" category. The change states that only one person is allowed to visit non-COVID-19 inpatients between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
To safeguard their patients, caregivers, and visitors against COVID-19, HonorHealth has created visitation guidelines that are in accordance with public health recommendations. Please read the following rules before visiting your loved one:
- COVID-19 patients are not permitted to have visitors.
- Upon entering, visitors will be inspected and given a credential. During visiting hours, they are free to come and go.
- Regardless of COVID-19 immunization status, all HonorHealth team members, patients, and visitors must wear masks.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to follow proper hand hygiene requirements. Gloves are not allowed.
- While you're in their room, the patient you're seeing will need to wear a mask at all times.
- Guests under the age of 12 are not allowed.
- Strict social distancing is in place at the cafeterias. Visitors are urged to consume their food back in the patient's room.
In addition, for procedures performed in the inpatient operating room, outpatient operating room, cath lab, endoscopy, and interventional radiology, one person will be sent to a designated waiting area. The person will be allowed to leave the designated area after receiving an update from the physician.
For the pediatric area, patients' parents are welcome to visit at the same time. They will go through a screening process and obtain a badge and are allowed to leave the unit on occasion.
Lastly, one approved visitor and one licensed doula can visit patients in the Labor and Delivery area. The visitors will also be checked and given a badge.
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