Christa Hyson, MPH
Senior Manager, External Relations
Greater Cincinnati Hospitals Update Visitation Restrictions
Decisions based on specific hospital operational & safety needs
CINCINNATI, OH, MARCH 16, 2O2O – Our region has a long track record of working collaboratively in matters effecting health and healthcare. The COVID-19 outbreak is no exception. Through The Health Collaborative’s Greater Cincinnati Disaster Preparedness Coalition, we are able to facilitate regional coordination and collaboration among all Coalition members in response to COVID-19.
To keep patients and residents in our region safe, visitation restrictions have been updated. If you are planning to make a visit to a hospital, please contact the hospital directly or visit their website for more specific restrictions by location.
Hospitals will consider visitors for the following situations:
- A single individual responsible for transporting a patient coming for a procedure or being discharged from the hospital.
- A single designated partner or primary caretaker for mothers delivering babies.
- End-of-life situations.
For this selective group of permitted patients, the following will occur:
- Patients are limited to one visitor at a time *Except patients under 18
- No visitors under age 14.
- Visitors are not permitted to see patients if they exhibit any respiratory illness symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, etc.)
- Visitors are not permitted if they have travelled internationally within the past 14 days.
- All visitors should follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette precautions while in the common areas of the facility.
If you are approved for visitation, expect to be screened. Hospitals and providers will consider other exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
We are staying prepared with the latest information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. Our region is taking preparedness measures such as inventorying our regional cache of medical equipment and safety supplies, tracking hospital capacity, learning best practices for designated testing locations, and are assessing sites for hospital tents if the need arises.
Right now, the most important thing for Greater Cincinnati residents to do is to continue prevention measures:
- Follow social distancing procedures outlined by local and state governments.
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or upper arm.
- Stay home from work/ school/ activities if you are feeling ill.
- If you are a high-risk individual, please review these extra precautions.
For more information about COVID-19 visit: https://healthcollab.org/covid-19/
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