Geisinger hospitals increase visitation restrictions for patients

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DANVILLE, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Geisinger announced that starting November 2nd, they will temporarily restrict routine, in-person visits to hospitalized patients at all Geisinger hospitals due to increasing COVID-19 cases.

The Geisinger press release says, for those who have an appointment at a Geisinger clinic, laboratory or radiology department, they may have one person accompany them.

Exceptions for special circumstances are also listed:

  • Patients who are medically unstable (two designated visitors)
  • All patients who are imminently dying (within hours to days), but who are not positive for or suspected to have COVID-19 (two visitors)
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure)
  • Delivering mothers (one support person)
  • Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians)
  • Patients who have altered mental status, an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability or a communication barrier (two visitors)
  • Patients with disruptive behavior where a family member is key to their care (two visitors)
  • Emergency Room patients (one designated visitor)
  • Patients being discharged (one visitor to help with discharge planning)

Visitors also must be at least 18 years old and complete a health screening before entering.

Geisinger is providing iPads to family members of hospitalized patients to help make communicating easier.

The restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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