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Geisinger keeps non-urgent procedures on hold, updates visitation policies

DANVILLE– Geisinger continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of all our patients, members, visitors and employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As part of an evolving response to the pandemic, we are making an adjustment to our visitation policy and keeping elective, non-urgent surgeries on hold through April 30.

Inpatient visitation remains limited

Geisinger has changed the visitation policy for delivering mothers, who can be accompanied by one support person. Currently, all routine, in-person visits to hospitalized patients have been suspended.

However, we know that sometimes it’s crucial to have a visitor of family member present. Visitors will be allowed for:

–Delivering mothers (one support person)

–Patients who are medically unstable (one visitor)

–Patients who are at the end of life (two visitors)

–Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure)

–Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians)

–Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays and caregiver provides safety (one visitor)

–Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care (one visitor)

Approved visitors are

subject to the following

guidelines

–Visitors will be screened and must not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath).

–Visitors who have traveled internationally or been exposed to someone with a fever, the flu or a proven COVID-19 case in the past 14 days are not permitted.

–Visitors must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. Once they leave the patient’s room, they must leave the medical center.

–Visitors under the age of 18 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances, and no animals other than service animals are permitted.

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