WPMC eases visitor restrictions

Vincent Marshall
On Monday, June 29, Western Plains Medical Complex will begin allowing visitors for non high-risk patients. FILE PHOTO

Restrictions continue to be lessened throughout the community with the COVID-19 pandemic as Western Plains Medical Complex said on Thursday that it will begin allowing limited visitors to the facility on Monday, June 29.

According to WPMC, as current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region, after careful review of state and federal guidance the decision was made which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per day.

“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said WPMC CEO Jerry Dooley. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients, and we feel confident that it is safe to begin allowing limited visitors again at this time.”

Patients are now limited to one well visitor per day, including one companion for outpatient appointments and one support person for obstetric patients as part of the updated visitor restrictions.

The visitors must be 18 years of age or older who will be screened at entry and will be required to wear a mask and wear an armband while in the facility.

If a visitor does not pass the entry screening they will be asked to reschedule their visit.

Some of the visitor restrictions however will be for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19 as those patients will not be allowed visitors.

Visitation time for the Medical Surgical Unit Intensive Care Unit on the second floor of WPMC will from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Per Center for Disease Control guidelines, WPMC will continue to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

For more information, visit www.westernplainsmc.com/.

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