A couple of weeks ago, my husband spent five days in the hospital. And I stayed with him for most of his visit. But this week, due to the containment of the coronovirus and staff trying to keep it away from those who are already sick, both Deaconess and St. Vincent have introduced visitor policies.

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Deaconess Hospitals

To keep our environment safe for patients, visitors and staff, Deaconess will implement new visitor restrictions, effective at 8 AM on Saturday, March 14 unless otherwise noted. Deaconess Midtown Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital

  • Entrances to our facilities may be limited or reduced.
  • Each patient may have one visitor.
  • All visitors must be age 18 or older.
  • Visitors will complete a brief health screening at facility entrances.
  • Exceptions will be made for end-of-life situations and certain pediatric needs. The Women’s Hospital – (effective Monday, March 16, 2020)
  • No visitors under the age of 18, including siblings, allowed (exception, emancipated minors).
  • Obstetrical patients may have 1 visitor in addition to their designated support person (father of baby, significant other, partner).
  • Gynecological patients may have 1 visitor.
  • The visitor and designated support person must remain the same throughout the patient’s entire hospital stay.
  • All visitors will be screened at the entrance to the facility and may only enter if they are free of fever, cough, shortness of breath and have not traveled outside of the U.S. or to areas of active COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Visitors will be required to show identification upon entrance.
  • If a visitor screens positive to any of the screening questions, they will not be allowed to visit. more Deaconess Visitor Restrictions Page 2 of 2 Deaconess Cross Pointe
  • No visitation allowed if a visitor reports symptoms of COVID-19. This includes family members going to a family therapy session.
  • Anyone reporting symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a CARE Team assessment will be directed to complete a phone or virtual assessment.
  • CARE Team will coordinate with the Emergency Department to care for a patient with an acute mental health issue and symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, all non-essential visitors, vendors and contractors are prohibited from hospital facilities while these restrictions are in place. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to protect our patients and health care staff.

Ascension St. Vincent implemented updated temporary visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals to reduce the spread of viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. The current visitation policy at Ascension St. Vincent hospitals across Indiana includes the following points:

  • Points of entrance into buildings will be limited.
  • All visitors will be screened when entering the building.
  • If a visitor lives in a community with a confirmed case of COVID-19, he/she will be asked not to enter the building. Exceptions will be made for the parent/legal guardian of an inpatient minor with no other positive screens.
  • If a visitor screens positive to any of these questions, or if he/she has a temperature of 100.1 degrees or higher, he/she will not be permitted to visit.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 are not allowed unless they are an emancipated minor, the parent of a patient or other case-by-case exception.
  • Visitors will not be allowed for patients with COVID-19 except for end-of-life situations.
  • A parent/legal guardian will be allowed to stay with a minor child who is hospitalized for COVID-19.
  • Local hospital leadership will determine further visitor restrictions at their discretion.