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Wednesday, December 23, 2020


Centra Updates Visitation Policy

Over the last several weeks we have experienced significant surges in our COVID inpatient census. We understand the importance visitation has on both our patients and their families, however, the safety of our patients and Caregivers remains our top priority. After significant consideration, Centra will be amending our current visitation restrictions. While we strongly encourage all visitors to stay home, we recognize the emotion of the season.

Effective Saturday, December 26th ALL Centra Hospitals will limit visitors to procedural and inpatient spaces to ONE visitor per adult for NON-COVID patients and patients in the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby Units. To further clarify, ONE individual visitor per patient will be designated during the patient’s hospital stay. Professional doulas are recognized members of the care team and are not included in the visitor count, as are clergy members. Exceptions include end of life/compassion care, which will allow for two visitors.

This ONE visitor per patient:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Will only be allowed if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
  • Will be screened each time they enter and will be asked a series of questions and have their temperature checked
  • Must wear a mask while in any building
  • Should limit going in and out of care areas and buildings
  • Will be expected to practice social distancing
  • Will remain in patient rooms as congregate waiting rooms will remain closed

The safety of our patients and caregivers remains our top priority. We will continue to monitor this policy and will adapt as needed if the safety of our Caregivers and patients requires it. We thank our community for their support as we continue weathering this storm.

Kindly contact the details below for more information:

Diane Ludwig                                                                                                        
Vice President and Centra Spokesperson                                                      
Communications, Marketing & Public Relations                                                                                                       

As always, follow these tips to help prevent the spread of  coronavirus, flu, and other respiratory viruses. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available, sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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