Great Plains Health loosens visitor policy, continues to require masks | Local
Great Plains Health announced today that the visitor policy will relax to allow children ages 16 and older to visit patients in all areas. This is a change in the previous policy that restricted visitors under age 19.
According to a press release, additional changes to the visitor policy include:
» Two support persons will be allowed in same day services.
» Pediatric patients are allowed to have both parents at the bedside, including in the emergency department.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advise health care facilities to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through infection prevention policies and practices and to review CDC guidelines and advisories. In accordance with CDC recommendations for healthcare settings, masks are still required for patients, staff and visitors — including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine — at all Great Plains Health locations. In addition, each visitor will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the building.
“As COVID-19 cases decline in our community, we are evaluating our practices to ensure that we have the safest policy in place for our patients, staff and the community,” said Mel McNea, chief executive officer. “We recognize the importance that visitors play in the healing process of our patients, and we are continually trying to balance our policies with the need to keep our patients, staff and community safe and prevent the transmission of COVID-19. We respect the loosening of mask mandates across the state and nation; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent guidelines do not cover health care settings and we will continue to require masks at all Great Plains Health sites and clinics.”