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Aiken Hospital Limits Visits Amid Rise of Virus | Local health news

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In the emergency department, one visitor may accompany a patient. The visitor must come in with the patient and stay in the specific room or bay assigned to the patient until discharge. If the patient is admitted, the visitor may accompany the patient during visiting hours.

Inpatient areas are permitted one visitor per day during visiting hours. In the labor and delivery/postpartum area, new mothers are permitted one adult overnight visitor. Visitors are not permitted for diagnostic testing. Pediatric patients can be accompanied by one adult or guardian throughout the entire treatment; siblings are not permitted.

A patient at the end of their life is permitted two visitors and a clergyman. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. For outpatient testing/surgery, one visitor may accompany a patient. Surgery visitors may stay in the waiting room, wait in their vehicle or leave and come back when notified by phone that the patient is ready to be discharged and picked up.

In the intensive care and progressive care units, one visitor is permitted per day during visiting hours. Patients with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments can be accompanied by one adult visitor that is permitted to stay overnight.

Additionally, all patients, visitors, medical staff and associates will continue to be screened prior to entry, have their temperatures checked and will be required to wear a mask. All individuals must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in the facility; neck huggers/gaiters and bandanas are not approved coverings. Visitors are not permitted in the behavioral health area.

Visitors are requested to wash hands, use hand sanitizer and practice social distancing for the safety and well-being of others. Visitors must be at least 18 years of age. Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are pending COVID-19 test results will not be permitted visitors.

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