Columbus Regional Healthcare System has issued temporary visitor restrictions in light of “a rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” according to a Monday news release.
“This is an effort to protect patients, their families and healthcare workers from the continued spread of COVID-19,” CRHS said.
Effective Tuesday (today):
- patients can only have one visitor from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- only patients in physical therapy and the Donayre Cancer Care Center may use the main entrance
- all visitors must use the entrance at the yellow canopy
“Columbus Regional recognizes that interactions with family and friends can be a helpful part of the healing process,” the news release stated. “Patients and families are strongly encouraged to utilize other forms of support for their loved ones in the hospital, such as phone calls and video chats. CRHS has iPads, which can be used to communicate with loved ones.”
The hospital said it continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation and that the temporary restriction on visitors follows local, state and national guidelines and best practices to help prevent more spread of COVID-19.
“We know these changes may be difficult or inconvenient for patients and their loved ones and do not take them lightly,” the news release stated. “However, these changes are to ensure we are doing everything we can as a system to keep our patients, their families, our teammates and our community safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.”