Changes in Hours and Visitation Updated 3/30/2020
We know family members and loved ones play a key role in supporting and comforting those who receiving health care services, however, as we seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are making temporary changes to our Visitor/Welcoming policy to protect the health of our employees, patients and nursing home residents.
Building hours: 8am-6pm
Until further notice, the following restrictions are in place:
- No visitors are permitted at this time until further notice with very limited exceptions.
- Entrances into all Central Vermont Medical Center buildings and clinics will be restricted. Everyone will be screened for nature of the visit, symptoms, and exposure risk. Temperature will be checked upon entering any CVMC facility. Those not meeting the screening requirements will not be allowed to enter.
- ADA service animals are permitted. All others animals, including previously approved therapy dogs/ support animals, are not allowed at this time.
- Patients in end-of-life care: Two designated visitors over the age of 16. No visitors for COVID-19 rule-out or positive patients.
- Labor and Delivery: One designated support person who remains with the patient on the unit. They are not permitted to go out into the community and come back to the unit. Hospital contracted doulas are permitted as an additional support person.
- Prenatal Ultrasounds: One designated support person.
- Pediatrics: One designated parent or support person, but when necessary a second support person can be identified as an alternate.
- Woodridge: The Administrator, in collaboration with infectious disease, will review other exceptions
Note: Support persons that meet the limited exceptions are to remain in the patient’s room for the duration of the visit and avoid congregating in waiting rooms, cafeterias and lobbies before, after or between visits.
- Surgery: One designated support person escorting a patient undergoing surgery or procedure.
- Outpatient Clinics and Services: If the patient requires assistance, one screened designated support person will be allowed.
- One consistent support person may be permitted in other rare circumstances such as for a patient with a cognitive impairment or disability. Other support should be provided via phone or other technology.
- This policy will be modified on a case by case basis for unique circumstances.
- We will make every effort to support patient and family interaction by deploying the use of technology.
- Support persons will be asked to clean their hands upon entry/exit from the building, entry/exit from the unit or clinic and entry/exit from patient rooms.
- Any visitor who does not comply with this policy will be asked to leave the premises
- Security will be called to respond to any family members/visitors who refuse to leave when asked or who present other safety or infection concerns.