BELFAST — To continue providing the safest care environment, Waldo County General Hospital announced it has temporarily updated its visitor policy as of Aug. 21.

Visitation is now limited to:

Hospital Inpatient Areas:

  • Obstetrics: One spouse/coach/visitor allowed in labor and delivery area. Doulas also permitted when the obstetrician is aware of their requested presence and they have been part of the prenatal process.
  • All other inpatient areas including:

Critical care: No visitors at this time.

Med/Surge Unit: No visitors at this time.

Pediatrics: Visitor requests evaluated by the nursing supervisor on a case-by-case basis.

Patients on Palliative Care/Comfort Measures: Visitor requests evaluated by the nursing supervisor on a case-by-case basis.

End of Life in any inpatient area: Visitor requests evaluated by the nursing supervisor on a case-by-case basis.

  • Patients in isolation for COVID-19 infection or being evaluated for COVID-19 infection: No visitors except for End of Life.

Patient Discharges: Patients will be brought to an appropriate entrance for pickup.

Outpatient Surgery and Procedural Areas: Adult patients should arrange for drop-off and pick-up unless they need special assistance. Exceptions can be made in advance for patients who do not live locally. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing.

Emergency Department: One person permitted to accompany patient, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Exceptions may be made for care plan discussions as arranged with the care team or for end of life.

Ambulatory/Diagnostic Areas: Adult patients may be accompanied by one person, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing.Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing.

Patients Requiring Special Assistance: Patients in any care setting who need help, such as with mobility or communications with the care team about their medical history or care, may be assisted by an adult escort to provide the needed assistance or support, such necessity to be determined by the care team.

All visitors/escorts are subject to screening for COVID-19. Visitors/escorts with any COVID-19 symptoms will NOT be allowed to enter the PBMC and WCGH facilities. Visitor/escorts must 1) perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving the patient’s room/care area; 2) wear a mask at all times in the facility; and 3) not go to any locations in the facility other than the room of the patient they are visiting. Hospital cafeterias are closed to visitors.

These restrictions are for the protection of patients, employees, visitors, and the public, and consistent with guidance from governmental authorities, and are adopted for the purpose of reducing the potential for propagation of the COVID-19 virus. These restrictions are imposed by order of the chief medical officers and the chief nursing officer.

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