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RiverView Tightens Visitor Policies Beginning Sept. 27

Community news | Friday, September 24, 2021

Due to increasing transmission of COVID-19, RSV, and other respiratory infections, RiverView Health is tightening up its visitor policies to reduce the potential for transmission.

Effective Sept. 27, the revised visitor policy includes the following:

Screening and Masking

  • Visitors will be screened prior to visiting following current guidelines.
  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times when in the facility. Visitors will be provided a surgical mask to wear (preferred), or may wear their own cloth mask.
  • Anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cough, shortness of breath, or fever should not visit hospital patients and should not accompany patients to appointments.

Hospital

  • Visiting hours are from 8 am to 8 pm daily.
  • Visitors must be 12 years of age and older.
  • Each patient is allowed one designated visitor that needs to remain consistent throughout stay. A one-time change out will be considered by the care team on a case-by-case review.
  • Pediatric patients may have both parents or guardians as designated visitors.
  • Each patient is allowed one caregiver overnight upon approval of the care team. A one-time change out will be considered by the care team on a case-by-case review.
  • Obstetrics (OB) patient visitors can include the newborn’s immediate family (including support person(s) and siblings 12 years of age and older).
  • Patients in isolation for COVID-19 will have no in-person visitors due to potential exposure risk. Phone and video visits will be arranged.
  • For patients at end-of-life, an individualized visitation plan will be made in coordination with the care team.

Clinic, Emergency Department, Surgery, and Outpatient Appointments

  • Each patient is allowed one visitor during visit/appointment.
  • Pediatric patients may have both parents or guardians with them during visit/appointment.