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Mission Health in Asheville to relax visitor policies starting March 2, hospital says – WYFF4 Greenville

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Mar 2, 2021

(Above video report on coronavirus numbers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia is for March 1,)A North Carolina hospital system announced Monday it was relaxing its visitor policy.Beginning Tuesday, March 2, Mission Health hospitals will allow two visitors per inpatients during regular visitor hours. Patients who are hospitalized overnight may have one visitor remain with them overnight. Outpatient surgery patients may have one visitor.Due to the high number of patients continuously being cared for at the Mission Hospital ER, these patients may have one visitor accompany them, the hospital said. ER patients at Angel Medical Center, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Mission Hospital McDowell, and Transylvania Regional Hospital may have two visitors with them. CarePartners locations will allow two visitors per patient, during regular visitor hours. Patients who are hospitalized overnight may now have one visitor remain with them overnight. Mission Health physician practices are currently allowing one visitor per patient. This may vary by practice and circumstances. There is no change in visitation policy regarding COVID-19 patients: visitors will not be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients or for patients awaiting a COVID-19 test result; additionally, there continues to be one visitor allowed at the Eckerd Living Center on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus in accordance with CMS guidelines.Mission Health uses established protocols to care for patients with infectious diseases and follows CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 cases, including isolating the patients and taking steps to ensure the safety of our patients, employees, and visitors.”Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been learning more and more about how to keep both patients and staff safe,” the hospital said. “These uncertain times have been tough on our patients, their families, and our colleagues and we cannot emphasize enough our compassion for everyone.”Having a family member or loved one with our patients when they are in our care is important as is our responsibility to keep our patients and families, as well as hospital staff and the community.Hospital staff has been supplied with iPads to facilitate FaceTime and Skype visits to help connect families and loved ones with our patients during this extremely challenging time. Screenings and access restrictions are still in place at all Mission Health locations, regional hospitals, and CarePartners. Hospital officials are asking people to continue practicing the three Ws: Wear a mask, Wait 6 feet apart and Wash your hands frequently using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds.

(Above video report on coronavirus numbers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia is for March 1,)

A North Carolina hospital system announced Monday it was relaxing its visitor policy.

Beginning Tuesday, March 2, Mission Health hospitals will allow two visitors per inpatients during regular visitor hours. Patients who are hospitalized overnight may have one visitor remain with them overnight. Outpatient surgery patients may have one visitor.

Due to the high number of patients continuously being cared for at the Mission Hospital ER, these patients may have one visitor accompany them, the hospital said.

ER patients at Angel Medical Center, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Mission Hospital McDowell, and Transylvania Regional Hospital may have two visitors with them.

CarePartners locations will allow two visitors per patient, during regular visitor hours. Patients who are hospitalized overnight may now have one visitor remain with them overnight.

Mission Health physician practices are currently allowing one visitor per patient. This may vary by practice and circumstances.

There is no change in visitation policy regarding COVID-19 patients: visitors will not be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients or for patients awaiting a COVID-19 test result; additionally, there continues to be one visitor allowed at the Eckerd Living Center on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus in accordance with CMS guidelines.

Mission Health uses established protocols to care for patients with infectious diseases and follows CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 cases, including isolating the patients and taking steps to ensure the safety of our patients, employees, and visitors.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been learning more and more about how to keep both patients and staff safe,” the hospital said. “These uncertain times have been tough on our patients, their families, and our colleagues and we cannot emphasize enough our compassion for everyone.”

Having a family member or loved one with our patients when they are in our care is important as is our responsibility to keep our patients and families, as well as hospital staff and the community.

Hospital staff has been supplied with iPads to facilitate FaceTime and Skype visits to help connect families and loved ones with our patients during this extremely challenging time.

Screenings and access restrictions are still in place at all Mission Health locations, regional hospitals, and CarePartners.

Hospital officials are asking people to continue practicing the three Ws: Wear a mask, Wait 6 feet apart and Wash your hands frequently using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds.

 

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