LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — Licking Memorial Hospital has updated its visitation guidelines in light of the influx of COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant. In addition to wearing masks and performing hand hygiene:

  • Patients are allowed one adult visitor at one time;
  • Children (K-12) are not permitted to visit;
  • Patients who test positive for COVID-19 may have one visitor at a time, with a total of two visitors per day;
  • Visitors of COVID-positive patients must show their card showing they’re fully vaccinated;
  • Clergy may visit patients at any time.

LMH makes some allowances:

  • Labor & Delivery patients may have two visitors at a time, plus a doula during labor. One designated support person may stay with the patient throughout the birth process;
  • Pediatric patients may have two visitors who must be a parent or guardian;
  • Children may visit the hospice unit if it’s a one-time visit with pre-approval from hospice;

LMH says only the main entrance and the Emergency Department will be open, and that visitors will be screened for COVID-19 before entering the building.

In addition to the new guidelines, LMH is offering free at-home COVID-19 testing kits. They’re available this Saturday and Sunday, plus Mondays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. at 131 McMillen Drive in Newark.

Learn more on the LMH website.