EJGH Visitation Policy
In order to protect the health of our communities, and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, we have instituted visitor restrictions in accordance with recommendations from the CDC.
We understand the importance of patients having access to their loved ones while receiving care at our hospital. At this time, we ask patients and their families to consider communication through phone and video chat as their primary means of communication. When an in-person visit is necessary, the following precautions are in place to protect patients, families and staff and are specific to the care setting listed.
All persons will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms and all employees, patients and visitors must wear a face mask while in our facility. Visitors must be 18 years or older and always remain in the patient’s room. Visitors are asked not to gather in common areas such as waiting rooms, cafeterias, and common areas. Visitors will be asked to return home if they exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath), have had a positive COVID test in the last ten days, have a pending COVID test, or do not comply with above policy.
Emergency Department: Patients are allowed one visitor.
Infusion Suites and Outpatient Clinics: Patients needing assistance during a visit may be accompanied by no more than one adult support person.
Procedural/Surgical areas (regardless of time of day): Patients with procedures can have one visitor pre and post procedure. The support person may remain with the patient prior to their surgery/procedure and must then wait in a socially distant manner until a member of the medical team provides an update at the conclusion of the procedure/surgery. If the patient is being admitted post procedure/surgery visitors will adhere to the current visitation policy and hours of visitation.
COVID-19 Negative patients: Patients are allowed to have one visitor per day between the hours of 10 AM and 8 PM.
COVID-19 Positive Patients and COVID Units: Only those with special circumstances below will be allowed visitors.
Special Circumstances: Under the following circumstances visitor exceptions/extensions will be made to allow family members to be present 24 hours per day.
• Maternity unit patients – One Spouse/Partner or support person
• Palliative/Comfort Care (which may include family meetings, palliative medicine consults, or comfort focused treatments)- Spouse/partner, children, parents and siblings may visit 2 at a time between 10 AM- 8 PM with sleep accommodations provided for only one support person overnight
• End of Life Care- Spouse/Partner, Children, Parents, and Siblings may visit 2 at a time and one may be present 24/7
• Adults with mental impairment – One Spouse/Partner or support person
We continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will adjust visitor restrictions, as necessary. We appreciate your help in keeping our patients and employees safe.
**Skilled Nursing Facilities are excluded from this document and will follow state guidance.**