CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — As coronavirus cases surge around the Commonwealth during the holiday season, the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System announced new visitation restrictions set to go into place over the next few days.
UVA Health says that visitors will no longer be allowed at the UVA Medical Center inpatient units or the Transitional Care Hospital starting at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30.
In addition, as of 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, health officials say that visitors will be restricted from the Emergency Department, outpatient clinics and outpatient procedural areas.
According to health officials, all public spaces – such as the hospital lobby, cafeteria, and waiting areas – are also closed to the public.
UVA Health plans to allow limited exceptions for specific patients if the visitor is not COVID-19 positive and does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other contagious illnesses. Those exceptions will cover the following patients:
- Pediatric patients and patients with disabilities will be allowed to have one designated adult visitor with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout an inpatient admission, emergency department visit, or outpatient visit or procedure.
- Patients at the end of life will be allowed to have two designated adult visitors with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Furthermore, all visitors must be screened before entering the hospital, always wear a mask, and must remain with the patient at all times, health officials say.
“The visitation policy changes are part of UVA Health’s efforts to protect the health of our patients and team members. UVA Health also continues to encourage all community members to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots,” UVA Health said in a statement on Thursday. “Booster shots have been shown to increase the effectiveness of vaccines against COVID-19 and the highly contagious omicron variant. Data shows that a booster increases omicron infection protection from ~30% to 70%-75%, makes symptoms much milder and dramatically reduces the risk of severe disease or hospitalization.”
If you have any questions about these visitation guidelines, you are asked to call 434-924-0000 or follow this link before coming to UVA Health.