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CAMC updates visitation policy

Charleston Area Medical Center announced updates to their visitation policy Sunday.
Charleston Area Medical Center announced updates to their visitation policy Sunday.
Published: Feb. 21, 2021 at 5:07 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Charleston Area Medical Center announced updates to their visitation policy Sunday.

The hospital says that beginning Monday February 22nd, one adult visitor per inpatient per day will be allowed from the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The hospital cites a lower number of COVID positive patients in CAMC hospitals, and lower community spread of COVID-19 as the reason for the update.

They say this includes inpatients and ERs at all CAMC hospitals including CAMC General Hospital, CAMC Memorial Hospital, CAMC Teays Valley Hospital and CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital.

CAMC released the following guidance to visitors:

  • No visitors are allowed for COVID positive or COVID suspected patients.
  • Visitors will be screened before being permitted to enter the hospital.
  • Visitors must wear a mask or face/nose covering before entering the hospital and for the entire duration of their visit until they exit (cloth masks are acceptable).
  • Visitors must provide their own mask.
  • Visitors must not congregate in waiting room areas and have to maintain social distancing.
  • Visitors should stay in the patient’s room for the duration of the visit and not roam around the hospital.
  • Visitors should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or apply hand sanitizer upon entry and departure from patient rooms and the facility.

CAMC says visitor restrictions remain in place in the emergency rooms. They say if an essential caregiver is needed for assistance, only one person may accompany a patient into the emergency room and then will be asked to leave.

The release also said that one person may accompany a patient to their outpatient, ambulatory and procedural visit.

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