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3/24/2020






In Response to COVID-19, LifeBridge Health Tightens Hospital Visitor Policy: No Visitors, with Some Exceptions


Baltimore – At LifeBridge Health, protecting our patients, visitors and employees is our responsibility and highest priority.

To proactively contain the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we are tightening our hospital visitor policy, effective March 25, 2020 at 7 am.
 
These changes affect Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital and Grace Medical Center.
We are prohibiting any visitors from visiting the hospitals, including the Emergency Departments (ED) The only exceptions to this policy are for designated visitors:
  • One parent visitor per pediatric patient
  • One significant other for labor and delivery patients
  • One visitor for end-of-life care patients
  • One visitor for heart attack and stroke patients
  • One visitor for emergency surgery patients
  • One visitor if a patient is incapacitated
There will be no visitors for patients who are considered “under investigation” for COVID-19.

If a visitor is allowed into the ED:
  • Visitors with patients for the ED will be screened
  • ED visitors will not be required to wear masks
  • ED patients will be required to wear surgical masks

These tightened policies are in addition to previously announced visitor restrictions:
  • General visiting hours will be noon to 7 p.m.
  • All visitors must check in at a visitor information desk.
  • No visitors under age 18 are allowed, unless they are the parent of a child in the hospital.
  • Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms (runny nose, fever and cough) and will not be allowed to visit if symptoms persist.
  • Visitors with international travel may not visit for 14 days after arrival in the United States.
  • Given the rapid spread of Coronavirus in the United States, visitors who have had recent domestic travel should also share that information when they check in at a visitor information desk. Depending on the spread of the virus, we may need to restrict visitors who have traveled to specific states or regions, and those restrictions may happen quickly.
Specialty Hospitals: Levindale
  • NO VISITORS are allowed until further notice. Levindale is a long-term care facility and is following guidance from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health for long-term care communities, issued March 10.
  • There are also NO VISITORS at Northwest Hospital’s Sub-Acute Unit, due to same considerations as Levindale.
Final notes:
We appreciate that these visitor restrictions may be challenging for patients and families. However, given the rapid spread of COVID-19, we made this decision about visitors in the best interest of our patients, their families, our staff and our community.

LifeBridge Health will provide updates on its COVID-19 response plans at: lifebridgehealth.org/COVID19

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