WellSpan Revises Visitation Guidelines

Due a decrease in COVID-19 related hospitalizations across central Pennsylvania, WellSpan has released revised visitation guidelines that will go into effect Monday. All patients will be allowed one visitor at a time regardless of their COVID-19 diagnosis.

In a press release, WellSpan stated, “The health and safety of patients, visitors, and employees remains WellSpan Health’s top priority as the health system continues to manage COVID-19 cases in our communities. Effective Monday, February 7, 2022, due to decreasing hospitalizations of COVID-19 across South Central Pennsylvania, patients at WellSpan hospitals, including COVID-19 positive patients, are allowed one visitor or support person at a time. Up to two designated visitors are permitted per the patient’s length of stay.”

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Revised visitation guidelines

Under the revised visitation guidance, the rotation of one visitor between the two designated support persons is permitted.

At entry to a WellSpan care facility, all visitors will continue to follow safety precautions, even if fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

While visiting a COVID-19 patient, approved visitors will be provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a gown, mask, and protective eyewear, which will be worn for the duration of the visit while in the patient room.

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Safety remains WellSpan’s top priority. The health system continues to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in the community and will adjust its visitation policies as needed to protect our patients and employees. WellSpan recognizes the difficulties the limited visitation policy presents to families, and continues to offer virtual visitation for those that can’t be with loved ones during these challenging times.

WellSpan’s updated visitation policy is available here.

Additional safety guidance

If you are experiencing non-emergent health issues, please consider seeking care at a convenient WellSpan Urgent Care or WellSpan primary care location. Also, patients are encouraged to use WellSpan Online Urgent Care to be seen quickly and safely, without the need to travel to a care location. Patients can go here to get started.

To protect yourself, your family and our communities, remember these simple, effective steps to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities:

  • Get the vaccine.
  • Limit gathering sizes – even small gatherings carry big risk.
  • Follow masking and social distancing guidelines.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.

For more information about COVID-19, go here. 

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