COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions (Reviewed 4/10/2023)
If visiting or accompanying a patient as a support person, please stay with the patient the entire time and use the most direct entrance/route when entering and leaving the facility. This will help reduce the amount of foot traffic throughout the facility, and help us maintain a safe environment for our patients and staff.
- Med-Surg (Inpatient): No limit to number of visitors per stay. Two visitors are allowed at a time. (Pastoral visits do not count as a visitor.) Visitors must be age 5 and older. We strongly recommend visitors be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. No visitors for patients with COVID-19. If the patient is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test, no visitors until test results have come back negative. Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- Labor/Delivery (Obstetrics): Two support people allowed. We strongly recommend support people be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.
- Postpartum (Obstetrics): No limit to number of visitors per stay. Two visitors (in addition to partner and siblings of any age) are allowed at a time. (Pastoral visits do not count as a visitor.) Non-sibling visitors must be age 5 and older. We strongly recommend visitors be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- Emergency: Up to two support people per patient are allowed into the Emergency Department. Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- Same Day Services/Surgery: Up to two support people per patient are allowed into Same Day Services. (Fewer visitors to our Chemotherapy unit are preferred). Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- General outpatient appointments (clinic, rehab, lab, radiology, etc.): Up to two support people allowed.
*Exceptions: If a visitor has proof of a PCR-positive test in the last three months, be 20 days past their time of quarantine, and is screened negative, they may visit regardless of patient COVID test status.
*End of Life visitor considerations: While it is WinnMeds’s goal to support our patients and their families during this difficult time, it must be balanced with the responsibility to prevent additional spread of COVID, and to keep all patients, family members, staff and the community as safe as possible while also allowing for compassionate care at the end of life. To meet that goal, the following guidelines have been enacted:
- A physician must deem that a patient’s death is imminent.
- Limit of two visitors at a time to allow for social distancing in the room. If the room can safely accommodate an increased number of people, the guideline can be adjusted with NOC/charge nurse approval. Visitors will not be allowed to congregate in the hallways.
- Visitors will be provided with PPE and assisted to don and doff by staff.
- Visitors will be instructed to perform hand hygiene prior to leaving room.
- Visitors must remain in the room for the length of visit, and limit comings/goings.
- All visitors must sign the Assumption of Risk Waiver.
- If the patient is COVID-positive or a Patient Under Investigation (PUI), visitors will be instructed to quarantine themselves for 14 days following visit. This quarantine would be cancelled if PUI tests negative.
Regular visitor guidelines – not applicable during COVID-19 response
Visitors are welcome at WinnMed from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Visitors should enter the Main Entrance on the North side of campus during business hours, and the through the Emergency Entrance early in morning or in the evening hours. The reception staff or information desk volunteer will direct you to the appropriate area of the medical center. Visitation may be restricted or limited to provide safe patient care.
Visitors are limited in the Obstetrics Department.
- Keep visits brief, quiet, and pleasant.
- Make sure children are accompanied by an adult other than the patient.
- Visitors should not have colds or infections.
- Observe signs on patient room doors.
NO TOBACCO USAGE is permitted on any part of the hospital campus, including buildings, grounds and parking lots.