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Cleveland Clinic announces new visitation policy effective Sept. 14

Cleveland Clinic
Posted at 8:59 AM, Sep 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-13 08:59:05-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic has announced changes to its visitation policy as COVID-19 cases have risen in the past few weeks.

In a news release, the Clinic said, “We are experiencing a significant number of patients with COVID-19 in our hospitals.”

Beginning Sept. 14, the following visitation policy will be in effect for all Ohio locations.

For patients who are either COVID-19 positive or negative, the changes include:

  • Inpatients will be allowed one designated visitor through their entire hospital stay.
  • Outpatients will be allowed one visitor per appointment or procedure.
  • Patients in the Emergency Department will be allowed one designated visitor through their entire hospital stay.

Note these additional changes:

  • During prenatal appointments:
    • Patients who are COVID-19 positive will be allowed one visitor.
    • Patients who are COVID-19 negative will be allowed two visitors for fetal ultrasounds and one visitor for regular prenatal appointments.
  • In Labor and Delivery:
    • Patients who are COVID-19 positive will be allowed one visitor during labor.
    • Patients who are COVID-19 negative will be allowed two visitors.
  • In pediatrics:
    • Patients who are COVID-19 positive will be allowed one parent or guardian.
    • Patients who are COVID-19 negative will be allowed two parents or guardians.

Visitation hours remain 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. All visitors must be at least 18 years of age, wear a mask at all times, and pass a COVID health screening upon arrival.

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