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VCU Health suspends routine visitation in wake of COVID-19

VCU Health announced Monday routine visitation rules are suspended "until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to patients."
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Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 15:32:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- VCU Health announced Monday routine visitation rules are suspended "until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to patients."

No visitors will be allowed who have any symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing, have returned from any of the COVID-19 high-risk countries or regions within the last 14 days, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are children under 16 old.

In cases where having a visitor present is "crucial," visitors will be allowed based on the following exceptions:

  • Adult patients: Only one visitor per day. All others will be asked to wait for updates outside of the medical facility. Patients at the end of life may have two visitors after discussion with the patient care team.
  • Pediatric patients: 2 visitors per day.
  • Obstetrical patients: 1 visitor per day.
  • Patients undergoing surgery, procedures, or other testing: 1 visitor per day.
  • ER patients are limited to one visitor.
  • Visitation to patients with suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19 will be through telecommunication.

Our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging family and friends to be part of the healing process. We continue to identify public health practices that reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, including restricting visitation within VCU Health System hospitals and clinics," VCU Health said in a press release issued Monday.

For more information, visit the VCU Health website here.