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Area Hospitals Implement ‘No Visitor’ Policy

WHEELING – Wheeling Hospital, Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale and Acuity Specialty Hospital sites have implemented “no visitor” policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions – with limited exceptions – took effect Monday morning.

At the same time, WVU Medicine implemented the “no visitor” policy at all of its hospitals, including Reynolds, and its outpatient clinics.

At Wheeling Hospital, visitation is permitted only in labor and delivery (one visitor per patient per day); pediatrics (two visitors per patient per day to allow the child’s mother and father to visit); and critical care (one visitor per patient per day).

“Other visits that may be necessary will be handled on a case-by-case basis,” hospital officials said.

No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed at Wheeling Hospital. No visitors are permitted at the hospital’s Continuous Care Center.

In addition, Acuity Specialty Hospital has suspended visitation at its long-term acute care sites located within Wheeling Hospital and in the former Belmont Community Hospital building in Bellaire.

At Reynolds Memorial and other WVU Medicine hospitals, limited exceptions to the restrictions will be made for end-of-life cases, pediatrics and obstetrics patients (women in labor). Those patients will still be limited to one visitor.

“Visitors who are sick will not be permitted to enter WVU Medicine hospitals under any circumstances,” officials stated.

WVU Medicine, also known as the WVU Health System, includes J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital and WVU Medicine Children’s in Morgantown; Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg; Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway; Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg; Jackson General Hospital in Ripley; Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson; Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser; Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale; St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon; Summersville Regional Medical Center and United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

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