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COVID-19 and hospital restrictions: What you need to know

Local hospitals place limits on visits
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Posted at 6:21 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 14:19:21-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Hospitals are rapidly changing their visitor policies because of concern over COVID-19 and traditional flu.

Here are steps being taken by some of the larger hospital networks in the Indianapolis area.

IU HEALTH — RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS

  • Only parents or legal guardians will be allowed to visit patients.
  • Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit patients.
  • Visits to the Riley Child Life Zone on the main campus will stop for now.

IU HEALTH — GENERAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Only spouses, significant others, parents or legal guardians are allowed to visit patients, except in end-of-life situations.
  • Siblings and children under age 18 are not permitted in patient units.
  • Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
  • Visitors with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to visit patients.
  • Visitors and parents should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering a building.
  • One visitor can also be present upon a patient’s admission to the hospital. Everyone will be screened for symptoms of flu-like illness upon arrival to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

ESKENAZI HOSPITAL:

  • No visitors will be permitted for the foreseeable future.
  • One visitor per patient may be allowed if patient is considered to be one of the following: Primary, specialty and mental health clinics, OB/deliveries, Pediatrics, emergency department, outpatient surgery, burn, Surgery, endoscopy, minimally invasive procedure and diagnostic testing areas.
  • Two visitors allowed in the NICU.
  • Two people allowed for end-of-life situations.

COMMUNITY HEALTH:

  • Visitor restrictions starting Friday: One visitor per-room in Neonatal, OB, Pediatrics, Emergency Dept, Inpatient surgery, Outpatient surgery, Outpatient provider appointment, end of life situations, Behavioral Health treatment, Discharge plan coaching.

FRANCISCAN HEALTH INDIANAPOLIS:

  • New restrictions begin March 16
  • Visiting Hours 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Entrances 12 (Main), 6 (Outpatient) and Emergency Department will be the points of access. All other entrances will be locked down.
  • All visitors will be screened at the entrances. If a visitor has a self-reporting fever of 100.4º F or higher or has other symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, chills, nausea or vomiting), they will not be allowed to enter the hospital to visit.
  • Any COVID-19 positive inpatient will not be allowed visitors, except the parent of a child who is a patient with COVID-19.
  • Visitors arriving with children younger than 18, cannot enter the hospital with the child.
  • Visitors who pass the health screenings will receive a sticker for the day.

FRANCISCAN HEALTH MOORESVILLE:

  • New restrictions begin March 16

Visiting hours 6 a.m.-10p.m.

  • The only accessible entrances are the Main Entrance and the Emergency Department. All other entrances will be locked down.
  • All visitors will be screened at the entrances. If a visitor has a self-reporting fever of 100.4º F or higher or has other symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, chills, nausea or vomiting), they will not be allowed to enter the hospital to visit.
  • Any COVID-19 positive inpatient will not be allowed visitors, except the parent of a child who is a patient with COVID-19.
  • Visitors arriving with children younger than 18, cannot enter the hospital with the child.
  • Visitors who pass the health screenings will receive a sticker for the day.

FRANCISCAN HEALTH CARMEL:

  • New restrictions begin March 16
  • Visiting hours 6 a.m.-10p.m.
  • All visitors will be screened at the Main Entrance. If a visitor has a self-reporting fever of 100.4º F or higher or has other symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, chills, nausea or vomiting), they will not be allowed to enter the hospital to visit.
  • Any COVID-19 positive inpatient will not be allowed visitors, except the parent of a child who is a patient with COVID-19.
  • Visitors arriving with children younger than 18, cannot enter the hospital with the child.
  • Visitors who pass the health screenings will receive a sticker for the day.

ASCENSION St. VINCENT:

  • Building entrance points will be limited
  • All visitors will be screened when entering a building and could be denied entry if ill
  • Visitors under 18 generally not allowed
  • Visitors will not be allowed for patients with COVID-19 except for end-of-life situations
  • A parent/legal guardian will be allowed to stay with a minor child who has COVID-19