Premier Health relaxes visitation restrictions as COVID cases continue to decline

DAYTON — Premier Health has relaxed visitor restrictions at all their hospitals following the “sharp decline” in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, according to a network spokesperson.

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Normal visitor guidelines are now in effect as of Friday for all people receiving inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services, as long as the patient hasn’t been diagnosed with COVID-19, the spokesperson said in a media release.

For patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 one visitor will be allowed in the hospital at a time. Infants in the NICU who are positive for COVID-19 will be allowed two visitors, and pregnant women who are COVID positive and are in labor are allowed two support persons, the spokesperson said.

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Masks will still be required for all hospital visitors, according to the network spokesperson.

Premier Health is the second major hospital network this week to change their visitor policy following the decrease in COVID-19 cases across the state and region.

New visitor policies at Kettering Health went into effect Wednesday to allow up to three visitors for some patients among other changes.