Temporary Visitor Restrictions Owensboro Health - Owensboro Health

Published on May 15, 2020

Temporary Visitor Restrictions

Visitor restrictions are subject to change at any time. Updated May 15, 2020.

As Owensboro Health reopens services across the health system, we are updating our visitor restrictions. The safety of our patients, team members and visitors is our top priority and we are confident in the upcoming changes with these safety precautions in place. 

  • Upon arrival, visitors will be screened for the following symptoms:
    • Fever 
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath 
    • Chills
    • Repeating shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Visitor must maintain physical distancing standards. 

  • A mask must be worn at all times inside the facility. 

  • Visitor will be required to wash or sanitize their hands frequently. 

  • No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit.

  • No visitors will be permitted except for specific circumstances listed below until Monday, May 18.

Starting Monday, May 18: 

One support person is allowed for patients in the following areas:

  • Emergency Department

  • Outpatient surgery or procedures

  • Outpatient testing or treatments at hospitals

  • Infusion unit

Visitor should remain the same throughout the entire stay. Cafe services and the gift shop will not be open to visitors. Vending machines are available in waiting areas.

In inpatient facilities, no visitors will be permitted except under specific circumstances, and with prior approval. This includes:

  • End-of-life care or end-of-life decision making. For these situations, two visitors will be permitted.

  • One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge.

  • One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery.

  • Visitors attending part of scheduled family training for patients with rehabilitation needs.

For all outpatient appointments:

  • No visitors will be permitted to accompany a patient to clinic visits. 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26: 

One visitor will be allowed for admitted patients between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. 

  • Visitor should remain the same visitor throughout the entire stay.

  • Visitor must stay in the patient’s room. 

  • Visitors will not be permitted to visit patients that have tested positive or are suspected to have COVID-19.

One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to outpatient clinic visits. 

Also on May 26: 
  • Inpatient surgery resumes

  • Cafe services resume (limited seating capacity and take out service)

  • Valet services resume (main entrance only) 

  • Outdoor seating areas open

There are no changes to the Maternity Services or Pediatric Unit visitor guidelines:

  • Two parents or caregivers of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit as long as they are not symptomatic.

  • Two parents or caregivers of pediatric patients as long as they are not symptomatic.

  • Only one visitor in labor & delivery and postpartum units. Visitor must remain the same throughout the entire stay.

Transitional Care and Rehab Units are not allowing visitors at this time. 

There are no changes to the Clergy visitation at this time.

In-person clergy visits are not allowed at this time. Video chat options will be made available for those requesting a visit. Exceptions will be made for end-of-life care for patients not in isolation. 

As always, family, friends and loved ones should use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients whenever possible. (e.g. phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc.) 

We will continue to evaluate visitor guidelines and make adjustments as needed. 

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Self-assessment

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have 2 of the 3 following symptoms: (Yes/No)
    • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  2. In the last month, have you been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19? (Yes/No)
  3. In the last month, have you traveled internationally or to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak? (Yes/No)

If you answered "NO" to both Questions #1 and #2 or both Questions #1 and #3: 

Please, stay home. Continue to follow the CDC recommended prevention methods above and monitor for a change in symptoms.

If you answered "YES" to both Questions #1 and #2 or both Questions #1 and #3: 

If you are below age 60 and have no other health issues, you should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days. 

  • If you have to be out in the community or if your symptoms worsen, call your Primary Care Provider or our COVID-19 Hotline (1-877-888-6647) and we may end up having you come through our Drive Thru testing site. 

If you are over age 60, please call your Primary Care Provider or our Hotline (1-877-888-6647) and we will likely set-up a drive-through testing appointment for you. 

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