Sentara to allow visitors for non-COVID-19, NICU patients beginning Thursday

Posted at 10:58 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 08:21:21-04

Sentara hospitals have updated their visitation policy to allow patients to now have visitors after previously limiting visitors due to COVID-19.

Sentara says they recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is vital.

The new visitation policy will begin May 7 at noon and will apply to most Sentara hospitals, including all levels of care and the Emergency Department.

All non coronavirus patients are now allowed to have one visitor. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and end-of-life patients may have two visitors.

Certain Sentara hospitals may have additional visitor guidelines, so Sentara recommends checking the visitation policy before visiting.

All visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken by a no-touch device before entering the building and will be required to wear a mask. Sentara will provide a community-made mask to visitors who do not have their own.

Sentara says they are taking all necessary precautions to keep our hospitals safe and clean. All employees will be required to wear a mask.