Hospital visitor guides eased as vaccinations roll on
As vaccinations continue to roll out throughout Miami-Dade County, hospital visitation restriction guidelines have slightly eased up at select area hospitals.
While still keeping an eye on Covid-19 positive numbers and always following CDC guidelines, North Shore Medical Hospital at 1100 NW 95th St. has safely adjusted and relaxed inpatient visitation protocols in terms of allowing visitors to come in, said Matthew Garner, the medical center’s CEO.
“The current standard that we’ve implemented is allowing one visitor per patient per day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.,” Mr. Garner said, “obviously, making sure those visitors coming present no symptoms of covid, which we’ve gotten some great feedback on.”
Mr. Garner said Covid-19 positive numbers have been relatively stable between the high-teens, low-twenties for the last couple of months.
“I think that for the foreseeable future, we are still going to be pretty tight with our regulations around how we’re protecting our employees, patients and visitors,” he said. “We’ve made some pretty significant progress with vaccinations, both in Miami-Dade and throughout the state of Florida. But I still see us holding to these protective guidelines I’d say at least through the end of the year.”
Following the same protocols set by the CDC guidelines, the University of Miami Health System continues to keep the safety of its patients, visitors and employees top of mind during the pandemic throughout all of the university’s medical facilities, according to Joanna Palmer, UHealth System’s executive director for media relations and medical communications.
“We continue to adhere to strict safety guidelines such as physical distancing in our waiting rooms, mask-wearing by everyone, hand hygiene and Covid-19 screening at all entrances,” she said.
UHealth has recently updated the visitor policy based on recent data, current infection rates and the increase in vaccinations as well, Ms. Palmer said. The University of Miami Health System also offers virtual care options for patients to access non-emergency, high-quality health care from the convenience of their homes, she added.
“We now allow one visitor for hospitalized patients for a limited time each day – except for those within our Covid-19 unit, the emergency department and oncology CARE clinic,” Ms. Palmer said. “Our safety guidelines are reviewed regularly and are adjusted as needed, always putting our patients’ safety in mind.”