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Changes made to visitor guidelines at Intermountain Healthcare starting Memorial weekend

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Changes made to visitor guidelines at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah. (Photo:Robin Pendergrast)

Some of the restrictions placed on those visiting patients at Intermountain Healthcare will be eased starting Memorial weekend.

The number of visitors allowed to see patients was limited during the initial outbreak of COVID-19. Now, more visitors will be allowed to enter the care facilities. Utah cities, outside of major metropolitan areas, has transitioned to the yellow, "low-risk" phase.

Two factors determine visitor policy: the condition of the patient and if they are suspected of having COVID-19. Those considered highly vulnerable, such as intensive care unit, will continue to keep one designed visitor or no visitors.

Patients not suspected of having COVID-19 and not considered highly vulnerable will now be allowed to have two visitors. Visitors must be over the age of eight and must be accompanied by an adult.

Patients suspected of having COVID-19 will continue to not be allowed to have visitors.

Exceptions to this rule include:

  • The patient is a minor.
  • If the patient needs another adult to keep them safe.
  • Pregnancy or childbirth situations.
  • The patient is near end of life.

Patients near end of life, who are not suspected of having COVID-19, will now be allowed to have two visitors at a time. No more than four total visitors during their hospital stay.

Patients near end of life, who are suspected of having COVID-19, will be allowed to have a total of two visitors over the age of 18. Rotating visitors is not allowed.

Intermountain Healthcare assured its patients, guests, and employees these changes will continue to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals.

“We recognize the comfort that visitors can bring to their loved ones during the healing and treatment process. We carefully balance that with the need to keep our patients, their loved ones, and caregivers safe and healthy during the current public health concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Shannon Phillips, MD, chief patient experience officer at Intermountain Healthcare.

Visitors will be screened for symptoms and temperatures before they are allowed to enter any of the health cafe facilities.

“We all have an important public health responsibility to adhere to the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and state and local health departments to help protect our community from the spread of COVID-19. Following hospital and clinic visitor guidelines are an essential part of that effort,” said Mark Briesacher, MD, chief physician executive for Intermountain.