Sovah Health restricts ER lobby visitors in Danville, Martinsville due to spread of COVID-19


(WFXR) — Sovah Health facilities in Danville and Martinsville are now restricting the number of visitors in emergency room lobbies due to the rising spread of the coronavirus in these Southside communities.

According a statement shared by Sovah Health on Friday, Aug. 27, once an emergency room patient is brought back into a room, one “well” visitor will be contacted and allowed to accompany the patient.

However, the visitor will be required to stay in the patient room and wear a properly fitted face mask the entire time they are in the hospital. In addition, the visitor will not be allowed to leave the building or switch out while in the emergency room.

Furthermore, Sovah Health says all visitors are required to be at least 18 years old, undergo screening upon entry, 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 reportedly be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free

If a visitor fails to wear their mask, does not stay in the patient room, becomes disruptive to the care of the patient or others, or decides to leave the building, health officials say that visitor will not be allowed back into the facility.

“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” Sovah Health said in Friday’s statement. “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.”

This news comes after Sovah Health announced last week that visitation hours were rescheduled for 1 to 6 p.m., with patients still limited to one well visitor during visitation hours per day and visitors not allowed to switch out during that time block.

For more information on coronavirus protocols and visitor restrictions at Sovah Health-Danville and Sovah Health-Martinsville, click here.

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