Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is restricting visitor access starting Monday, Nov. 2, because of the recent surge in cases in COVID-19 in New England.
To mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, visitation hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. and patients will be limited to one visitor at a time. Additionally, the time per visit will also be limited to 30 minutes per individual.
"We know that family and friends are an important part of patients’ recovery from illness, injury, or surgery," said Dr. Trey Dobson, SVMC's chief medical officer. "This policy is as open as it can be while still allowing us to adequately protect our patients, staff, and visitors."
The policy has one exception: patients nearing the end of life may have up to two visitors at a time.
The policy for outpatient care has not changed since initial restrictions were implemented in early March to decrease the effects of COVID-19.
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