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UVA Medical Center taking precautions amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 1:46 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 13:46:28-04

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- UVA Medical Center announced Sunday they are taking precautions against COVID-19 by limiting visitors to inpatient and outpatient areas.

Effective 10:00p.m. Sunday night there will be no more visitors allowed to inpatient units. Unit managers can make the following exceptions:

  • Patients at the end of life: two designated visitors may visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Mothers in labor: one designated visitor at a time may visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Pediatric patients: one designated visitor may be at the bedside 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The following restrictions will apply to all outpatient clinics, the Emergency Department and for outpatient procedures:

  • Only one designated visitor is permitted for the length of each patient’s visit.
  • Designated visitors are asked to limit their arrivals and departures from the outpatient area they are visiting and to practice social distancing.

All visitors must be screened and not exhibiting any symptoms.

"These changes are being made to help protect the health of our patients and team members," said a spokesperson.

As of Sunday afternoon, there are 219 confirmed cases in Virginia and 15,219 cases nationwide.

More information on exceptions and restrictions are available at https://uvahealth.com/services/covid19-visiting-restrictions