Bluegrass Community Hospital eases visitor restrictions
Bluegrass Community Hospital announced May 21 that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities. The decision was made as current projections continue to indicate a lower-than-expected volume of COVID-19 in the region and after careful review of state and federal guidance. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per day, have been implemented effective immediately. “Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said Tommy Haggard, chief executive officer (CEO) of Bluegrass Community Hospital. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients, and we feel confident that it is safe to begin allowing limited visitors again at this time.” As part of the updated visitor restrictions, inpatients are now limited to one well visitor per day from 1 to 8 p.m. Surgery patients are limited to one well visitor. Once the surgery begins, visitors may be asked to wait in their car. All visitors must be 18 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and are required to wear a mask and an armband while in the facility. Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free. Visitors are not allowed for outpatient appointments, ER visits, high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19. The following exceptions include: • Pediatric patients may have one well parent or guardian during their hospital stay. • Patients who are at the end-of-life may have up to two WELL visitors for the length of time cleared by the attending physician. • Patients with altered mental status, cognitive impairment, developmental delays or disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have one well visitor. Bluegrass Community Hospital continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines. For additional updates on how the hospital is working to maintain a safe and supportive environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit BluegrassCommunityHospital.com.