Sovah Health limits visitation hours in Danville, Martinsville due to community COVID-19 spread


(WFXR) – Starting Tuesday, Sovah Health will be limiting patient visitation to only afternoon and evening hours in both Danville and Martinsville in order to decrease potential coronavirus exposure for staff members and patients.

“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said Alan Larson, Market President of Sovah Health and CEO of Sovah Health – Danville. “We know how important loved ones are in the healing process for our patients. Therefore, we will continue to proceed with caution by providing limited visitation due to the rise in community spread.”

According to Sovah Health’s statement on Tuesday, Aug. 17, visitation hours will now be from 1 to 6 p.m., with patients still limited to one well visitor during visitation hours per day. Visitors will not be allowed to switch out during that time block.

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 — are still not allowed to receive visitors. However, some exceptions may apply for those who are receiving end-of-life care or are deemed clinically necessary.

In addition, health officials say the visitation policy has not changed for the emergency department, pediatrics, labor and delivery patients, or surgery.

Sovah Health says all visitors are required to be age 18 or older, be screened upon entry for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines, provide their own mask and wear a visitor security pass sticker while in the facility. Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free.

For more information about the full visitation guidelines or how the hospital is working to maintain a safe and supportive environment during the pandemic, follow this link.

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