With COVID-19 cases increasing dramatically in recent weeks, Lehigh Valley Health Network has reinstated visitation restrictions on its hospital campuses and outpatient facilities.
The “No Visitation, No Access Policy” begins Nov. 17 at 7 a.m.
In a press release, LVHN said no visitors are permitted into its hospitals and inpatient facilities except under these special circumstances:
- Visitation of a gravely ill patient in the ICU, including those with COVID-19.
- Parent visitation of a child in a pediatric ICU or neonatal ICU.
- One coach or partner per patient on labor and delivery unit.
- One visitor at a time for patients in inpatient hospice unit.
- One parent/guardian at a time for pediatric patients.
- One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge.
- One visitor for patients undergoing same-day surgeries and procedures.
- One visitor per patient in the emergency department.
- No child under age 12 is permitted to visit in the hospital.
- Reasonable accommodations for pediatric visits will be made, provided any sibling visitors age 12 or above are in good health.
- For all outpatient appointments, one visitor is permitted to accompany a patient for an outpatient appointment, procedure, same-day surgery or LVPG office visit.
- The person accompanying a patient must be in good health and is subject to a health screening, if necessary.
“LVHN understands these revisions to the visitation policy might present difficulties for some patients, family members and friends, and we are sympathetic to those concerns,” the health network said in a statement. “At the same time, we must be responsible to the communities we serve and do what is best to protect everyone. We urge those who might be impacted to please cooperate with our physicians, nurses and staff as they help us continue to fight COVID-19.”