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Hospital Modifies Visitor Guidelines

Todd PittengerFebruary 21, 2022

Salina Regional Health Center is modifying its COVID-19 visitor guidelines due to improving numbers of COVID-19 infection in the community. According to the hospital, effective immediately, all hospital inpatients will be able to have two visitors at the same time. Visitors also will be able to alternate in and out of the facility throughout the day.

Visitors must come and go using the hospital’s main entrance between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Hospital inpatients had previously been allowed to have only one visitor per day.

All hospital outpatients and Salina SRHC-affiliated clinic patients will continue to only be allowed to have one visitor/assistant accompany them for their appointments. This includes Emergency Department patients and outpatients with appointments for surgery, lab, radiology, physical therapy, and other services and doctor’s visits. Pediatric patients will continue to be allowed to have two parents/caregivers accompany them for their appointments.

“We’ve seen a significant decrease in the number of daily positive cases for COVID-19 and are hopeful these trends will continue,” said Bethanie McDowell, infection prevention director at SRHC. “We will continue to monitor local COVID-19 infection rates and make changes to our policies as needed following state and federal guidelines.”

  • Inpatient visitors may only enter the hospital Main Entrance between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Visitors are not allowed to access the main hospital through the Emergency
  • Department entrance at any time.
  • Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like within routine hospital visiting hours.
  • Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 risk and given an ID bracelet upon entry.
  • Visitors must be age 18 or older.
  • Visitors will be asked to wear a mask throughout the visit including in hallways,
  • public areas and the patient’s room.
  • Visitors should remain in the patient’s room as much as possible.
  • NO VISITORS are permitted for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Current visitation guidelines can be found at www.srhc.com.

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