Two local hospitals are restricting visitors in their emergency rooms, effective immediately.
The emergency departments of WellSpan’s Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospitals have transitioned to WellSpan’s Red Level. That designation prohibits all patient visitation, with certain patient exceptions.
Both hospital emergency departments will permit one person in the ER with pediatric patients, end-of-life patients, patients with disabilities, and patients with communication barriers. The presence of a support person is important for the patient’s understanding or comfort in those cases.
In all cases, visitation exceptions must be healthy individuals who follow the hospitals mask policy and related entity safety procedures.
WellSpan’s updated visitation policy is available here.
WellSpan blames the rising rates of sustained community transmission of COVID-19 across Franklin County for the changes.
In February, WellSpan Health put new guidelines in place to maximize the health and safety of patients, visitors, and staff from the spread of COVID-19. WellSpan implemented visitation levels – Red, Yellow, Purple, and Green – to help limit the COVID-19’s spread.
The visitation levels and guidelines are based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the community. It uses state and county public health information, as well as hospital conditions.
Currently, most WellSpan Health care facilities remain in the Yellow Level and one support person for inpatients, clinic visits and outpatient locations.
Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospital’s emergency rooms are the exception.
WellSpan Health stress the need for renewed safety efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Hospitalization rates are increasing at each of the health system’s acute care hospitals.
For more information about COVID-19, go here.