Effective Wednesday, Sheridan Memorial Hospital implemented a No Visitation policy in the hospital’s inpatient units, emergency department and clinics.
According to the hospital’s website, the move to restrict visitation is to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the hospital.
A few exceptions are being allowed as follows:
Patients in the birthing unit will be allowed one support person, and patients having a C-Section will be allowed one person in the operating room if allowed by the surgeon and anesthesiologist.
Obstetrics patients having an ultrasound will also be allowed one support person.
One support person will also be allowed for patients coming for surgery or outpatient procedures and for patients at the end of life.
Pediatric patients will be allowed one family member or guardian.
Patients in outpatient and hospital settings will be allowed one support person if they have sensory and/or cognitive deficits and need a caregiver to assist and/or a driver/caregiver to take the patient home after the visit or surgery.
The support or family visitors will be screened for symptoms of illness and will not be allowed to visit if symptoms of illness are present. Visitors also be allowed only limited movement in the hospital, mostly staying in the patient’s room.
According to the latest information from Sheridan County’s Incident Management Team, through Wednesday there have been 54 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among Sheridan County residents, and 44 have recovered. None of those have been hospitalized.
Among non-Sheridan County residents in Sheridan, there have been 11 lab-confirmed positive cases of which 10 have recovered. There has been one hospitalization and one death.
For more information, people can visit the hospital’s Visitation During COVID-19 web page at https://www.sheridanhospital.org/visitors/visiting-hours-and-information.