Hospitals across Southwestern Indiana and Western Kentucky are making changes to some Covid-19 restrictions as case numbers of the virus decline across the region.

Beginning Thursday, March 3, 2022, area hospitals that are members of the Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky will loosen restrictions for patient visitation.

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Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

What Rules are Staying the Same?

All hospital visitors will still be required to check-in upon arriving at a member facility and a screening for Covid-19 exposure and/or symptoms will still be required like current guidelines dictate. Visitors will also still be required to wear a mask while inside area hospitals for the "foreseeable future."

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What Has Changed?

Hospitalized adult patients who, under previous Covid-19 restrictions, were only allowed one visitor per day, will be allowed to receive two visitors over the age of 18 per day beginning Thursday, March 3, 2022.

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Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash

There Are Some Exceptions

Hospitals will be allowed to use their own discretion regarding visitor guidelines for some hospital services.

Coalition member hospitals may opt to maintain current restrictions for outpatient and emergency departments, obstetric patients, NICU and pediatric patients, and adult inpatients diagnosed with COVID-19; hospitals may also make exceptions for end-of-life visitation.

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Which Hospitals Are Part of the Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky?

The following area hospitals are part of the coalition:

  • Daviess Community Hospital
  • Deaconess Health System (Indiana & Kentucky)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation
  • Select Specialty Hospital
  • Ascension St. Vincent Evansville
  • Ascension St. Vincent Warrick
  • Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital
  • The Women’s Hospital

Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky recommends that visitors contact their respective hospitals prior to visiting for specific details regarding visiting hours and any other visitor guidelines.

The coalition says they will continue to monitor and assess the trends in our community regarding Covid-19 cases and will make adjustments to policies as needed to maintain the safety of their patients.

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