ProHealth Care loosens hospital visitation restrictions

WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- ProHealth Care is loosening their hospital visitation rules, effective immediately.

In a news release, the medical group announced one visitor per patient will be allowed at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital with the exception of COVID-19 patients, "as the extent of the coronavirus outbreak eases in the area."

Visitors will also not be allowed for those who are suspected of having the coronavirus.

Up to three visitors are allowed for patients who are near the end of life, and two parents or guardians will continue to be allowed to visit patients in the neonatal ICU.

The release says all visitors must be 18 or older and must wear a mask at all times within the hospitals. 

Visitors will be screened at entries, and anyone with a fever or other signs of illness will be asked to leave.

ProHealth Care says one family member or friend may also accompany patients during outpatient office visits and visits to their clinics. 

Those accompanying a patient must be 18 or older, undergo a health screening upon entering the building, and wear a mask at all times. Two parents or guardians may accompany newborns.

Despite the loosened restrictions, ProHealth Care says the virus is still spreading widely in the community. They urge everyone to "continue to take the precautions that have been proven to slow the spread -- chiefly masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing."

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