ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Carilion hospitals will transition to yellow-level visitation status on Tuesday, August 10, based on the recent spread of COVID-19.
Yellow means that one visitor per day will be allowed for each adult patient during an inpatient or emergency room stay, compared to two in most cases. All hospitals were operating at the green level, which is the least restrictive.
The yellow level is already underway at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital.
The move to yellow marks the first transition to a more restrictive visiting policy since the start of the summer, according to Carilion officials, who said: “Not everyone who is sick can visit patients at the Carilion facility. . All visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering while in an establishment. Shared spaces such as waiting rooms and cafeterias remain closed.
“It was a difficult decision to make, but our top priority remains the safety of our patients, staff and visitors,” said Charlotte Tyson, vice president of hospital operations. “We cannot stress enough how important it is for our community to do our part by getting their COVID-19 vaccine and hiding inside to help stop the spread of this deadly virus. “
Visiting guidelines for each Carilion facility are evaluated weekly to indicate whether it is safe to allow visits, according to Carilion management. Risk levels are determined by COVID-19 activity in the community and the availability of personal protective equipment and supplies.
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