Carilion Clinic moves back to ‘yellow level’ restrictions for hospital visitations


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Carilion Clinic is updating hospital visitation restrictions to the yellow level for some facilities as early as Friday due to an increase in community coronavirus spread. Previously, all Carilion hospitals were operating at the green level, which is the lowest level of restrictions.

“When transitioning from green level to yellow level, the primary change is allowing one visitor per day for adults during an inpatient or Emergency Room stay (previously, they were allowed two in most cases),” said Carilion Clinic in a statement on Friday, Aug. 6. “Other restrictions remain to keep staff, patients and visitors safe… The move to yellow level marks the first transition back to a more restrictive visitation policy since earlier this summer.”

Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital will move to yellow level visitation status on Friday, followed by all other Carilion hospitals on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Amid these visitation restrictions, Carilion says anyone who is sick is not allowed to visit patients in Carilion facilities; all visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering while in a facility; and shared spaces, like waiting areas and cafeterias, will stay closed.

“This was a tough decision to make, but our top priority remains the safety of our patients, staff and visitors,” said Charlotte Tyson, vice president of Hospital Operations. “We cannot stress enough the importance of our community doing their part by getting their COVID-19 vaccine and masking when indoors to help stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

According to Carilion officials, they will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and assess visitation guidelines for each facility to see if it is safe to allow visitation. These risk levels will be determined by COVID-19 activity in the community, as well as the availability of personal protective equipment and supplies.

You can read a full breakdown of each hospital’s visitation restriction level by following this link.

Health officials encourage members of the public to visit or to find vaccines near them.

Visitors interested in receiving a coronavirus vaccine while at Carilion can also visit a Carilion retail pharmacy location. Calling ahead is preferred, but walk-ins are still welcome.

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