Ascension expands virtual visitation
In-person hospital visits halted
For the City Times
To help minimize the impact of COVID-19, in-person visitation for facility visitors will temporarily stop at all Ascension Wisconsin facilities in central and northern Wisconsin until further notice.
Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital, Stevens Point; Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, Merrill; and Ascension Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Stanley have implemented virtual visitation for hospitalized patients.
Similar visitor restrictions are now in place at many Ascension Wisconsin facilities throughout the state.
“It is important to note that this applies only to facility visitors only. Those with scheduled hospital or clinic appointments or procedures should attend those as directed by their clinician,” an Ascension release stated.
“Ascension Wisconsin encourages family members and friends of patients to stay connected with their loved ones through virtual visitation – calling, video chatting or texting. The goal is to protect associates and those we are privileged to serve by limiting possible exposure to COVID-19.
“There will be some exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Predefined exceptions include: pediatric patients – visitation is limited to both parents/legal guardians (maximum two); women giving birth – limited to one birthing partner; patients undergoing surgery – limited to one visitor in the pre-operative period until time of surgery; end-of-life care – as determined by the hospital care team; other
All visitors, associates, clinicians and vendors entering Ascension Wisconsin facilities will be screened for flu-like and COVID-19 symptoms including, but not limited to, fever, cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell. No visitors who screen positive for the above symptoms will be permitted into the facility.
Visitors entering will be required to wear a mask upon entry and for the duration of the visit, and visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted.
For more information, visit https://healthcare.ascension.org/covid-19 or call 833-981-0711.