One day after limiting visits to OhioHealh facilities because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the health system's leaders have announced a no-visitor policy that goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday, March 20, according to a news release sent Thursday, March 19. 

Limited exceptions will be made for:

• End-of-life patients

• Patients with disabilities who need assistance

• Patients under 18

• Maternity patients, who can have one support person for the duration of their stay

• Both parents visiting their child

All OhioHealth care sites will be affected including, hospitals, urgent-care facilities, freestanding emergency departments and physician-group offices.

For more information, go to ohiohealth.com.

nthompson@thisweeknews.com

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OhioHealth will allow only one visitor per patient each day because of coronavirus

Effective immediately, OhioHealth has instituted a restricted visitation policy in an effort to protect patients, visitors, physicians and staff from the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a news release from the organization Wednesday, March 18.

The guidelines now limit patients to one visitor per day, with the only exception being both parents visiting their child.

Other new guidelines are:

• Visitors will not be allowed to wait in lobbies or cafeterias.

• Visitors must be 18 years or older.

• Maternity patients will be limited to one support person during their entire length of stay.

• In-person behavioral-health visits no longer will be permitted due to the common space these require.

• Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Overnight visits will not be permitted with the exception of end-of-life situations.

• Limited exceptions will be made for end-of-life patients and for those with disabilities who need assistance.

Visitor-screening procedures also will be implemented at hospitals, outpatient-care centers and physician offices, and visitors will not be allowed entrance if any of the following apply:

• They exhibit flu-like symptoms.

• They have had a fever within the past 24 hours.

• They have had a cough or shortness of breath within the past 14 days.

• They have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within the past 14 days.

• They have traveled internationally within the past 14 days.

For more information, go to ohiohealth.com.

nthompson@thisweeknews.com

@TWNeilThompson