ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Carilion Clinic released an update on its visitations restrictions to all of its facilities.
On Monday, May 23, all facilities will return to pre-pandemic visitor policies unless they are COVID-19 patients.
“Having family and friends at the bedside is a huge benefit for our patients, and we’re excited to be able to offer that again,” said Michael Abbott, Pharm.D., senior vice president for hospital operations. “Safety of our staff and patients remains our top priority. Visitors will still be asked to mask, safety precautions like social distancing remain in place, and we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 should we need to make future adjustments.”
However, hospital rules state that visitors should not see someone if they are sick, have COVID symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with the virus in the past 10 days. Also, the facilities restrict visitors to adults who have or are suspected of having COVID. There are some exceptions to that rule such as end-of-life care, medical necessity, or patients in labor, and two parents or guardians for pediatric patients.
“Vaccines remain critical in ensuring that we minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Abbott.
If you need to schedule a vaccine or a booster, you can find a vaccine facility on the Vaccinate Virginia website.