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WVU Medicine to Start Relaxing Visiting Restrictions |

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MORGANTOWN – WVU Medicine has started easing visitation restrictions that have been put in place at its hospitals and clinics in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The policy, effective Monday July 19, is in place to ensure the health and safety of patients, visitors, providers, students, volunteers and healthcare providers by using strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the properties of WVU Medicine.

Each location will have a site specific process for entry control and approval of visits. All patients, visitors, providers, students, volunteers and healthcare providers should be screened for symptoms or other risk factors for COVID-19 before entering a facility.

The new guidelines are as follows:

Two patient-approved adult primary caregivers / visitors at a time during designated visiting hours.

Patients can enter as many approved adult visitors as they want.

Visitors / guards are allowed to enter the exit building and return on the same day.

Two visitors approved for 60 minutes upon admission and discharge if not within designated visiting hours.

No night visit allowed.

COVID-19 positive infectious patients and COVID-19 persons under investigation (PUI): visits allowed on admission, then every five days in accordance with West Virginia House Bill 2368.

Exceptions to the above in special circumstances will be reviewed and approved by unit management.

Pediatric hospitalization units

Tours take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Two approved visitors with two authorized at a time in the patient room for pediatric inpatients.

Patients can enter as many approved adult visitors as they want.

Visitors / guards are allowed to enter the exit building and return on the same day.

Two visitors approved overnight for pediatric hospital patients.

COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 PUI allowed two approved visitors in the room at any time, including at night, for inpatient pediatric patients.

The neonatal intensive care unit allowed two approved visitors at all times, including overnight.

Obstetrics inpatient units

Tours take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Two visitors approved at all times, including at night.

Patients can enter as many approved adult visitors as they want.

Visitors / guards are allowed to leave the building and return on the same day.

Perioperative / procedural recording / Diagnosis

Adult: An approved visitor with the patient for check-in and pre-procedure waiting area (if space allows physical distance).

Pediatric: Allowed two visitors per patient.

Obstetrics: Authorized two visitors per patient.

Adult: A visitor can accompany the patient and stay in the room during the visit.

Pediatrics: Patients are entitled to two visitors.

Obstetrics: Authorized two visitors per patient.

Adult: One approved visitor (over the age of 18) upon arrival of each adult patient in the emergency department.

Pediatrics: Two approved visitors (over the age of 18) with each pediatric patient.

Obstetrics: Two approved visitors (over the age of 18) with each obstetrics patient.

The visitor can accompany the patient and stay in the room during their stay in the emergency room, without being discouraged from changing rooms.

Authorized visitors will be allowed to stay with the patient in the waiting room as long as physical distancing requirements allow.

When the waiting room reaches a point where physical distancing cannot be observed, the following events occur:

Adult patients: Visitors with adult patients will be advised to wait outside or in their vehicle, unless the patient requires the visitor to help maintain safety (examples: deaf / blind patients, poor mental capacity , significant mobility limitations).

Pediatric Patients: In cases where a pediatric patient has two visitors, a visitor will have to wait outside or in their vehicle.

Obstetric patients: In cases where an obstetric patient receives two visitors, a visitor will have to wait outside or in her vehicle.

End of life circumstances

Additional housing will be coordinated to support family presence during end-of-life circumstances as warranted by West Virginia House Bill 2368.


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