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Mercy, CoxHealth Loosen COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

Chloe O'Neill

Mercy is now allowing patients at its area hospitals to have one visitor each.

Those visitors will have their temperature taken and must answer COVID-19 related questions.  They should take a mask and wear it while inside Mercy facilities.

Visitor restrictions at Mercy’s clinics and outpatient facilities remain in place.  Adult patients can’t have a visitor with them at their appointments except for interpreters and medical decision makers and those necessary to ensure patients receive care.  Young children can accompany parents or guardians if child care is not available. 

Mercy officials say they will continue to monitor COVID-19 infections in the area and make adjustments if needed.

CoxHealth is now allowing most non-COVID-19 patients in the hospital to have one visitor for two consecutive hours per day—either from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.

Patients in the ER or urgent cares may now have one visitor for the first and last 30 minutes of treatment.

Patients who are at end-of-life or on comfort care will be able to have two visitors at a time. 

Those visitors will be required to wear masks, will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive and must wash their hands when entering and exiting a patient’s room.  They are also encouraged to stay six feet away from patients. 

Other visitor restrictions at CoxHealth remain in place.