Intermountain to reinstate stricter visitation guidelines
With COVID-19 continuing to rise in Utah, including a state-record 676 new cases reported Friday, Intermountain Healthcare will reinstate more strict guidelines for visitors at all Intermountain Healthcare hospitals and clinics in Utah and Idaho.
The policies will be implemented beginning on Monday.
Under the stricter rules, visitors to hospitals and emergency room will only be allowed for these circumstances:
- Patients younger than 18 can have a maximum of two visitors throughout their stay.
- Patients who need an adult to keep them safe can have one healthy visitor during their time in the hospital.
- Mothers in labor can have one designated visitor.
- Both parents of healthy newborns can visit.
- End-of-life patients who are free of COVID-19 can have two visitors at a time, with no more than four visitors total while in the hospital. The visitors must be older than 12 and must wear a mask or cloth face covering.
- End-of-life patients with suspected or active COVID-19 can have only two total designated visitors. They both must be over 12 and wear specific protective equipment.
- A designated visitor can not switch with other individuals through the course of a hospital stay.
“We understand communicating with loved ones is an important part of a patient’s healing process. We encourage people to communicate electronically with patients through phone calls, video chats, or texting, which are great alternatives to help patients feel loved and connected,” said Shannon Phillips, MD, chief patient experience officer at Intermountain Healthcare.”
As for clinics and Instacare locations, Intermountain says that unless a companion is needed — such as with a child — patients should come to appointments alone.
— Ryan Miller, KSL.com