No visitors allowed at UCMC, West Chester Hospital during pandemic

Posted at 1:34 PM, Mar 23, 2020

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital put a near-complete moratorium on visitors starting Monday afternoon.

The measure is intended to protect patients and keep the hospitals in line with Gov. Mike DeWine’s “stay at home” order during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to UC Health spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen.

In general, no visitors will be allowed in either building except “in cases where visitor restriction will produce an undue hardship for the patient or family” or “in cases where the restriction is detrimental to the care of the patients.”

In those cases, medical staff can choose to allow one visitor per patient.

Nageleisen did not provide specific examples of situations in which visitation might be allowed or elaborate on the definition of “undue hardship” from the hospital’s perspective.