Hospitals Change Policy

Visitations Limited

Adult patients at five Oklahoma City metropolitan area hospital systems will no longer be able to receive visitors, The Black Chronicle has learned.

The five hospitals adopted the visitation policy in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Effective Monday, Integris Baptist Health Center, Mercy Hospital, Norman Regional Health Centers, the University of Oklahoma Medicine Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital will adopt policies that will not allow visitors for adult patients.

Those hospitals will allow one visitor for children and for labor and delivery care, a news release said.

In those cases, that visitor must be age 18 or older.

The news release said the new rules are temporary.

In addition, the new policy says that visitations for high-level critical care, palliative care, hospice and adult patients requiring assistance from a guardian or caregiver will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

The hospitals requests visitors who may be sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms not to visit unless they are seeking treatment.

The policy applies to all locations of the five hospital systems.

But for children and labor-and-delivery patients, one adult visitor will be allowed at Integris Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Medicine Center, the University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians Hospital, Norman Regional’s Women and Children’s Pavilion and St. Anthony Hospital.

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