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Overnight visitors restricted in Intermountain hospitals under new COVID policy

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Beginning Tuesday, Intermountain Healthcare is enacting tight customer restrictions. (Steve Breinholt, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Intermountain Healthcare introduced that its visitation coverage goes to be briefly tightened on Tuesday in response to the unfold of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

“This can assist additional shield caregivers, maintain sufferers protected, and assist scale back the unfold of COVID-19,” Intermountain stated.

Underneath the brand new coverage, in a single day guests will solely be allowed for pediatric sufferers, laboring or postpartum moms, sufferers with dementia and sufferers who’re critically in poor health. All different guests will solely have the ability to keep in the course of the visiting hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Lowering in a single day guests, the hospital stated, will keep away from guests taking their masks off whereas sleeping which they’re involved can expose extra well being care staff to COVID.

“All guests should be masked always, in all areas in hospitals and clinics, together with non-public affected person rooms. When possible, sufferers ought to have their masks on within the presence of a caregiver,” Intermountain said.

Along with guests all the time carrying their masks, just one customer per day is really useful for same-day surgical procedure sufferers, and two designated guests are allowed to rotate into the room of sufferers within the emergency division. This coverage turned efficient on Aug. 13, 2021.

When sufferers are coming for clinics or different appointments, Intermountain asks that when attainable they arrive alone or solely deliver people who find themselves mandatory for the go to. This contains kids, and so they ask sufferers to make childcare preparations so they don’t must deliver

According to the Intermountain website, along with carrying a masks guests should be older than 12, be in good well being, full a screening which incorporates asking about signs, wash or sanitize their arms and socially distance from others.

Guests are inspired to remain within the sufferers’ room slightly than staying in widespread areas, and sufferers are inspired to speak electronically to really feel extra related with others.

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