COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF) — Maury Regional will begin restricting hospital visitors on Monday, November 30.
Hospital leaders said the decision to stop allowing visitors inside was made in an effort to protect patients and staff.
“Unfortunately, trends indicate COVID-19 cases in our region will continue to rise, with spikes anticipated after the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Martin Chaney, M.D., Maury Regional Health chief medical officer. “As a result, we have chosen to join most of the hospitals in our region and restrict visitation. We realize this is difficult for families; however, we feel this is a necessary measure to ensure the safety of our patients and health care team. We appreciate the understanding of our community during this time.”
The policy extends to all hospitals in the Maury Regional system.
In the emergency room, one support person will be allowed inside during the evaluation and treatment. If a patient is admitted, no visitors will be allowed in the inpatient unit.
For outpatient surgery, one support person before and during the operation may be allowed inside, however the person may be asked to wait in designated locations during the procedure. If the patient is admitted, no visitors will be allowed in the inpatient unit.
For pediatric inpatients, one parent or guardian will be allowed in the hospital per day.
For childbirth patients, two support people are permitted during delivery and one person per day post-delivery. The mother and one other support person will be allowed in the hospital for NICU inpatients.
Hospital leaders said no visitors will be permitted for all other admitted patients. Additional guidelines may apply for patients with cognitive or physical disabilities and end-of-life situations.
Visitors who are approved to be in the hospital must be 16 years or older, with no COVID-19 symptoms or possible exposure.
As of November 25, Maury County has seen 5,602 total cases, with 695 remaining active.