Erie Shores HealthCare To Ease Visitor Restrictions

Thursday June 3rd, 2021

Posted at 10:24am

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Erie Shores HealthCare is easing visitor restrictions at the hospital. The decision is based on the increased vaccination rates across Essex County and Chatham-Kent and a decrease in regional COVID-19 infection rates.

Effective June 3rd, 2021, the hospital will allow one visitor per day per patient in one specified time slot. Patients or their substitute decision-makers will choose a maximum of two essential visitors to rotate over the patient’s stay; however, only one essential visitor is permitted to stay each day and during their chosen time slot.

The time slots are:

  • 10:00 am to 12 noon
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • 6:00 pm top 8:00pm

Essential visitors will be restricted if they:

  • Are less than 18 years of age
  • Are symptomaticHave been outside of Ontario in the last 14 days
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19Have had close contact with a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19
  • Have had close contact with a person with an acute respiratory illness who has been Outside of Canada in the 14 days before their symptom onset

 The hospital will also give special visiting time considerations for one designated support person who is:

  • Visiting a woman in labour
  • Accompanying a COVID NEGATIVE emergency department patient
  • A parent/guardian of an ill newborn, youth or child
  • A support person for a patient with dementia/cognitive impairment with management approval

Visiting restrictions will remain in place for COVID-19 positive/suspected patients or patients in the ICU. Family members who have a patient in their care can expect to be contacted by a Patient-Family Liaison to book a time to speak to their loved ones through technology such as iPads.

While the restrictions noted above will apply to most patients, there will be limited circumstances where more than one visitor will be allowed. More details can be found on the COVID-19 visitor page.

All outpatients and visitors will continue to be required to wear medical-grade masks (no cloth masks) upon entry to the hospital. All visitors are required to wear a medical-grade mask while visiting a patient. Erie Shores will provide face shields to visitors on entry to the hospital or the unit as needed. Visitors are reminded to wash their hands before entering and after leaving a patient room.

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