(WFXR) — On Monday morning, Sovah Health announced plans to extend both morning and evening visitor hours at the Danville campus and the Martinsville campus, effective immediately.
According to Sovah Health, visitation hours will now be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. seven days a week, allowing for more flexibility for family members to visit.
However, visitors are not allowed for high-risk patients, including those being cared for in Sovah Health’s behavioral health unit, as well as patients who are in isolation, immunocompromised, or are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.
The hospital may allow for some exceptions, though, for patients receiving end-of-life care or are deemed a clinical necessity.
“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said Alan Larson, Market President, Sovah Health and CEO, Sovah Health – Danville. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. We have been pleased to welcome our patients’ loved ones back to the hospital and happy we’re able to allow additional visitation time.”
Meanwhile, health officials say patients are still limited to one well visitor per block during visitation hours. For example, a patient may have one visitor in the morning and a different visitor in the evening, but visitors will not be allowed to switch out during each time block.
Sovah Health says all visitors must be 18 years of age or older; will be screened upon entry for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines; and are required to provide their own mask and wear a visitor security pass sticker while in the facility.
According to the hospital, any visitors who do not pass the screening will be asked to postpone their visit until they are symptom-free.
For more updates on these visitation updates and how the hospital is maintaining safe and supportive environment during the pandemic, follow this link.