New masking policy
We are safely relaxing earlier face mask standards due to our area’s drop in COVID-19 cases. In most cases, we will not require healthy people to wear masks. There will be times a face mask is required, including when you:
- Have signs of respiratory illness (with or without fever) such as congestion, cough, runny nose, and sore throat.
- Have been diagnosed with respiratory illness (COVID, flu, etc.)
- Have had a known exposure to COVID (within 7 – 10 days).
We are mask-friendly and continue to offer masks at no cost in our buildings. If you would like any member of the staff who are caring for you to wear a mask, please let us know. We are happy to wear one if you ask.
Visitor & Caregiver Policy
Effective: June 2023
Our Visitor and Caregiver Policy is intended to ensure the safety of our patients, our community, and our health care workers. This policy is subject to change, reflecting the most current CDC guidelines and/or community infectious disease transmission levels.
All individuals entering the VRH buildings:
- Will be screened according to VRH Patient and Visitor Screening Policy.
- Visitors and Caregivers who have an infectious illness are encouraged to refrain from vistitation. If visitation is essential, then a medical mask would be required for symptomatic individuals.
- Must wash their hands prior to and after their visit with soap and water or hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs.
- If a patient has a known infectious disease, Visitor/Caregiver may be asked to wear personal protective equipment.
- Before, during, and after your visit please monitor for symptoms of COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath, fever/chills, muscle/body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, headache, and/or sore throat.
- Please be advised, if a waiting area becomes overcrowded in a way that would jeopardize the safety and health of others, then visitors may be asked to wait outside.
Visitors to the Inpatient Unit, Emergency Department, Surgical Services, and/or Urgent Care, should be advised of the following guidelines:
In general, patients may be accompanied by up to two (2) caregivers or visitors at a time.
Visitors under the age of 12 are discouraged from visiting unless it benefits the patient.
If you are visiting the inpatient unit, the receptionist will call that unit to alert them that a visitor is coming to the unit. Please check in with the nurses’ station prior to entering a patient’s room.
Provider Clinics and Ancillary Services allow visitors, who will be managed depending on the needs of our patients.
Any non-staff individuals entering the Hospital building after 5pm must enter through the Emergency Department entrance.
In all cases, we encourage visitors to refrain from visitation if they have an infection, illness, or are immunocompromised.
All hospitalized patients have the right to have individuals of their choosing visit during their stay, unless visitation interferes with the medical management, well-being, rights, or safety of others. Any disruptive individual will be asked to leave.
* Individuals unable to wear a face mask due to a disability. may request reasonable modifications according Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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