Reid Health implements no visitor policy due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Reid Health implements no visitor policy due to surge in COVID-19 cases
Reid Health

RICHMOND, Indiana — Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the region, Reid Health has reinstated a no-visitor policy at its main hospital campus in Richmond and in physician offices, a spokesperson for the health network said Tuesday.

The policy goes into effect Thursday at 7 a.m. and was designed to reduce traffic to and from the hospital campus to reduce risk of COVID-19 spread, Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO said in the release.

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The policy has some exceptions, including end of life, the hospital’s Family Birthing Center, juveniles seeking care in the hospital’s emergency department, and outpatient surgery. Outside of the listed exceptions, visitations will be limited to virtual platforms, Kinyon said.

“While the hospital is one of the safest places to be, there is no reason to increase our susceptibility to spread of the virus from people who do not have to be on campus," Kinyon said in the release.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we take these steps to reduce in every way we can this explosion of COVID infections in our community. We must protect our staff in order to continue serving the healthcare needs of our community.”