Meritus Health Welcomes Visitors Back 24/7 July 1; Some Exceptions Remain

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Meritus Medical Center’s full 24/7 visitor policy begins again Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Visitor restrictions remain in place for patients diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19 as a continuing precaution for families, staff and providers. In the cases of compassionate care, support or disability needs, one visitor older than age 12 may be allowed with the patient with consent from the health care team prior to the visit.

Due to construction at the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, visitors are limited to one qualified support person at this time.

Well-fitted masks covering both nose and mouth will still be required for all patients and visitors in the hospital and all Meritus Health outpatient practices. The exceptions to this are those younger than age 2 or an underlying health condition directly impacted by the use of a mask. Masks with exhalation valves or vents are prohibited.

Visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure to the virus within the last 14 days and are asked not to visit the hospital in these instances. While visitors will be permitted again in waiting areas and the Robin’s Cove dining room, social distancing whenever possible is encouraged.

Patients to outpatient facilities who have COVID-like symptoms or exposure to the virus within the last 14 days should please notify their practice prior to appointments so that reasonable accommodations may be made for the safety of staff, patients and families.

Pet therapy and visitation are being reinstated as part of this change. Updates on the visitor policy at Meritus Health can be found in the patients & visitors section of this website.