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Ascension Providence and Baylor Scott & White Health – Waco issue "no visitor" policy

Posted at 6:07 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 19:07:23-04

WACO, TX — Ascension Providence and Baylor Scott & White Health – Waco Region will implement a ‘no visitor’ policy in all hospitals.

Ascension Providence implemented the policy today, March 22, and Baylor Scott & White will implement the policy on March 23.

"Our priority is to reduce the transmission risk within our sites of care," the statement read.

Exceptions will be made for laboring and post-partum patients, patients with disabilities or impairments or who are elderly, patients in the neonatal ICU (NICU) and pediatric units, patients requiring surgery or other medical procedures, and patients requiring end-of-life care.

One caregiver may accompany these patient populations.

The visitor must pass our previously established health-screening criteria upon entrance into the facility.

"We understand the importance of having the support of loved ones during a hospital visit or stay, and we encourage support persons to use alternate methods of communication to stay in contact with loved ones, such as phone calls, video chats or texting," the statement said. "We will continue to modify our response protocols as needs evolve, and we remain committed to helping our communities navigate the uncertainty of this virus."