Penn State Well being on Sunday that it has revised its affected person visitation pointers in response to a rise in sufferers with COVID-19 throughout the well being system.
The brand new pointers take impact on Monday at Penn State Well being Milton S. Hershey Medical Heart, Penn State Well being St. Joseph, Penn State Well being Holy Spirit Medical Heart and Penn State Well being Medical Group areas.
Beneath the revised coverage, grownup inpatients might have one household/assist individual with them throughout their total keep, and pediatric sufferers might have two, in keeping with a press launch. The designated household/assist individuals would be the solely ones allowed into Penn State Well being amenities all through a affected person’s keep.
Grownup sufferers of emergency departments and outpatient clinics won’t be permitted any household/assist individuals, the discharge stated.
Exceptions to the coverage for inpatients and grownup sufferers of emergency departments and outpatient clinics can be made for end-of-life sufferers and grownup sufferers who’ve disabilities, communication boundaries or behavioral issues, in keeping with the discharge.
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Penn State Well being says it would proceed to display all household/assist individuals who want to enter any facility; nobody with COVID-19 signs can be permitted to enter. Everybody coming into the amenities may even be required to put on a masks and preserve acceptable social distancing pointers, the discharge stated.
Penn State Well being says it’s providing free digital screenings for COVID-19 by way of its telehealth service, Penn State Health OnDemand.
Anybody with issues that they might have COVID-19 might use the service to speak instantly with a supplier who can consider their signs and make care suggestions, the discharge stated.