Geisinger updates visitation policies as COVID-19 cases rise

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DANVILLE, Pa. (WTAJ) — Due to the increase in both COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Geisinger updated its in-person visitation policies.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 22, the following changes to visitation policies will go into effect for all hospital and outpatient locations.

Hospitals

  • Admitted patients will be allowed two designated visitors through the duration of a hospital stay, meaning visitors may not switch out with other visitors.
    • Designated visitors will receive an identification wristband that they must wear for the duration of the patient’s stay.
  • Emergency room patients will be permitted one visitor for the duration of their stay once the patient is in the treatment area.
  • Emergency room patients who are positive for COVID-19 or who are suspected of having COVID-19 are not permitted visitors.

Outpatient locations

  • No visitors are permitted during outpatient appointments, unless medically necessary. o Outpatient appointments include certain surgeries, mental or behavioral health, primary care and others.
    • A medical necessity for a visitor includes when the patient is under age 18 or has a physical, intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability, a communication barrier or a behavioral concern.

Geisinger encourages alternatives to in-person visitations such as phone calls or virtual visits through Facetime, Skype or others.

More information on the latest COVID information can be found on Geisinger’s website.

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