Lexington Medical Center allows more hospital visitors

Updated: Mar. 2, 2021 at 7:08 PM EST
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WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Lexington Medical Center is loosening its restrictions on visitation slightly as cases of COVID-19 decline. These could be adjusted at any time if virus spread ramps up again.

Beginning Tuesday, March 2, two visitors per patient per day will be allowed in inpatient hospital rooms for patients who do not have COVID-19. No visitors had been allowed since Jan. 19.

Visiting hours are now 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. The hospital said visitors must go directly to the patient’s room and remain there during their visit.

However, visitors are still not allowed in rooms of people who have COVID or might have it and were awaiting a test.

In the ER, one visitor is allowed to be with a non-COVID-19 patient while in the Emergency Department. The visitor must remain in the room with the patient. If the ER patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor may stay to get the patient settled.

Pregnant women will be allowed to have one spouse or support person with them during labor and delivery and their postpartum stay. Two additional people per mother per day will be allowed to visit between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.

For surgery or other inpatient or outpatient procedures, one visitor is allowed in the specified lobby during the procedure. If the patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor may stay to get the patient settled.

No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed in any situation.

Visitors will be required to wear their masks at all times, including while in patient rooms. Visitors will be screened before entering the facilities. Based on those screening results, a visitor may be asked to leave. Approved visitors will have to sign in and out at the Guest Services desk.

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