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St. Elizabeth restricts visitors amid COVID-19 worries

Posted at 12:23 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 12:23:55-04

EDGEWOOD, Ky. — St. Elizabeth Healthcare is restricting visitors to protect the health of patients and staff, according to spokesman Guy Karrick. There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at any St. Elizabeth facility.

Starting Tuesday at 3 p.m., no visitors will be permitted into any clinical setting. There are a few exceptions:

Birth situations

  • A single designated partner or primary caretaker for mothers delivering babies.
  • No visitors under age 14, which includes siblings of a newborn.

End-of-life situations

  • Patients are limited to one visitor at a time.
  • No visitors under age 14.
  • Visitors are not permitted to see patients if they exhibit any respiratory illness symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, etc.
  • Visitors are not permitted if they have traveled internationally within the past 14 days.

Transporting to and from hospital

  • A single individual responsible for transporting a patient coming for a procedure or being discharged from the hospital.

The hospital is also suspending its Volunteer Services program starting Wednesday. The guidelines apply to the hospital, all procedural spaces and outpatient offices.

Gov. Andy Beshear recommended all elective surgeries and procedures be canceled, effective end of business day on Wednesday.