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