In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, Hardin Medical Center implemented updated visitation restrictions effective Monday to limit opportunities for infection transmission.
Charlotte Burns, healthcare consultant and former CEO of Hardin Medical Center, said, “The health and safety of our patients, staff, and visitors are top priorities at Hardin Medical Center. We are dealing with a global pandemic, and although the goal is never to separate a family, especially during end-of-life circumstances, we must have a policy in place, so everyone knows the guidelines.”
The below policies are in place for everyone, including those who have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine.
• Visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted.
• COVID-19 Suspected/Confirmed Inpatients: No visitors allowed. Exceptions will only be made for end-of-life circumstances.
• COVID-19 Suspected/Confirmed Pediatric Inpatients: Two designated visitors for duration of the visit.
• Non-COVID-19 Inpatients: One designated visitor for duration of the visit. Exceptions will only be made for end-of life circumstances, which include two visitors at a time.
• Non-COVID-19 Pediatric Patients: Two designated visitors allowed for duration of the visit. The designated visitors may come and go as needed per nurse discretion.
• Labor and Delivery: One designated visitor allowed for duration of the visit. The designated visitor may come and go during visiting hours per nurse discretion.
• Outpatient Surgical Patients: No visitors allowed, unless patient requires assistance.
• Emergency Department Patients: No visitors allowed, unless pediatric patient which may have one visitor.
• HMC Physician Services Clinics: Only one visitor with patient.
• Cancer Treatment Center: No visitors allowed.
• At any time, for the safety of patients and staff, visitors may be asked to leave.
Before entering HMC campus facilities, all visitors must:
• Wear a mask over the mouth and nose at all times.
• Not have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Visitors must have a temperature of less than 100 degrees.
The hospital said that visitation restrictions during COVID-19 response are subject to change, and that visitors who do not follow personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines will be asked to leave the premises.
Ed. note: This story replaces an earlier version which included some incorrect information due to a working draft news release.