UPDATE: Wesley Healthcare’s no visitors policy valid only for Denver hospitals

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Wesley Medical Center(KWCH)
Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 11:23 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Dec. 28: Wesley clarified its original Facebook post on Tuesday morning, saying the policy only applied to the Wesley Healthcare Continental Division’s Denver hospitals. It does not apply to Wichita.

CORRECTION: A previous Facebook post regarding a change in visitation policy was made in error. It applies ONLY to the...

Posted by Wesley Medical Center on Tuesday, December 28, 2021

With the status for COVID-19 hospitalizations in Sedgwick County listed as “critical” on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, Wesley Healthcare announced it will be implementing “no visitors policies, restricting all non-essential visitors at every location, including hospitals, surgery centers and physician practices.”

The latest hospital data from Dec. 20 shows 178 total patients in Sedgwick County hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of which are in the ICU.

With its temporary policy cutting back visitors, Wesley listed several exceptions including:

One to two parents or guardians for infants and pediatric patients

• One parent or guardian overnight for pediatric patients or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) babies

• One support person for laboring mothers and new moms

• One support person for patients with disabilities or impairments warranting assistance

• One patient advocate pre-/post-surgery

The hospital noted that any visitor who screens positive for respiratory illness won’t be allowed to enter.

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