COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Central Ohio’s largest healthcare providers are loosening their visitor policies implemented at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio.
Effective Tuesday, June 16, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will allow limited visitation for patients at their hospitals.
Patients undergoing inpatient care will be allowed to have one designated visitor per day.
All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 and have their temperatures checked before entering the hospitals. They will also be required to wear a face mask or covering.
No one with COVID-19 symptoms will be granted entry.
“We want to make sure we’re protecting our family members, as well as our employees and our patients, from COVID,” said Dr. Nicholas Kreatsoulas, the chief clinical officer of the Mount Carmel Health System.
At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, officials said welcoming back visitors will provide a significant benefit for patients.
“This gets us back to the role of having a support person with a patient as much as they can be, and that’s so important in clinical care,” said Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, the center’s chief quality and patient safety officer.
Exceptions pertaining to visitors will be made for patients, at all hospitals, in unique medical situations.
More information on the individual polices can be found below: