LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Mayo Clinic Health System will begin permitting all people 16 and older to visit hospital patients in the Southwest Wisconsin Region, with two visitors allowed at one time. These changes will take effect on Wednesday, July 7.
Visitors must wear a cloth mask, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. If a visitor does not have a mask, Mayo Clinic Health System will provide one. In addition, visitors will be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory illness or communicable infection before being allowed to enter.
Other points of reference regarding the updated visitor policy include:
- Compassionate exceptions to visitor restrictions will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, including births and end-of-life care.
- Hospital visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
- Visitors under 16 are not allowed in Southwest Wisconsin Region hospitals at this time.
- Two visitors are allowed to accompany patients in the Cancer Center, but they will not be allowed in the chemotherapy treatment room.
- Visitors of patients who are positive or potentially positive for COVID-19 may be permitted only in rare circumstances, as approved by the medical care team and hospital leaders.
- Two support people can remain throughout the hospital stay for obstetrical patients.
- Patients coming to an Emergency Department will be allowed visitors, unless the patient or visitor presents with any symptoms possibly related to COVID-19.
Visit our COVID-19 online resource site for the latest information about COVID-19 and what to do if you have symptoms, unrelated health care needs or wish to visit someone in the hospital.
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Press ContactRick Thiesse