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Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the increased rate of transmission in the region, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center will be enforcing a no-visitor policy effective immediately for all inpatient and outpatient areas and the Emergency Department.
Some exceptions apply for the no-visitor policy, including:
- Minors (under age 18) will be allowed one parent or guardian for the duration of their stay.
- Labor and Delivery patients will be allowed to have one support person with them for the duration of their stay.
- One visitor will be permitted to assist patients who require extra assistance during ambulatory appointments.
- Visitors must return to their vehicle until the patient is ready for pick up.
- End-of-life, as well as other situations where a patient’s well-being or mental state benefits from a visitor, will be approved by the attending physician in coordination with staff.
Conemaugh Nason Medical Center continues to take all the necessary precautions to keep patients and staff safe by isolating our COVID-19 patients, enforcing a universal masking policy, screening everyone who enters the facility, implementing the most effective cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and enhancing safety with new personal protective equipment protocols. These protective measures for managing infectious diseases ensure that our facility is always safe when our community needs care.
“We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for many in our community, and we apologize for any inconvenience they may cause. However, we feel these protective measures are necessary for the health and safety of our patients and team. Our team, along with our community partners, are monitoring COVID-19 closely, and we will reassess and adjust the visitor policy as the number of positive cases declines locally and when we feel it’s safe and appropriate to do so,” said Tim Harclerode, FACHE, CPPS, CEO, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center.
Patients are encouraged to use alternative methods of communication, including FaceTime or Zoom, as much as possible. Devices are available for patient use at the hospital upon request.
Conemaugh Health System continues to encourage the community to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. The overwhelming percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated shows that being vaccinated against COVID-19 is still the best defense against serious illness, hospitalization and death. COVID-19 vaccines are readily available in the local community. Visit Vaccines.gov to schedule a vaccination appointment.
For additional information, please visit Conemaugh.org.