Wheeling Hospital Issues New Visitation Restrictions
Wheeling Hospital announced Wednesday that, starting Friday, visitation will be further restricted at the hospital due to the COVID-19 surge.
There will be no visitation to floors 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Tower 5 or to the intensive care unit. In addition, visitation to cardiovascular stepdown, the intermediate care unit, oncology and floors 4 and 5 of the main hospital will be permitted only between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Only one visit per patient per day is permitted.
Visitation guidelines for the labor and delivery and pediatrics departments remain the same: in labor and delivery, one visitor per patient per day, is permitted. In pediatrics, two visitors per patient per day are permitted to allow the mother and father to visit. Other visits will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Visitors must enter and exit through the main entrance. They will be screened and required to wear masks. They must remain in the patient’s room while in the hospital and are not permitted in common areas, including the cafeteria and Gift Shop. No visitors under age 18 permitted.
To further address the surge in patients, the hospital is installing a tent to help with ER overflow. It originally was scheduled to open Wednesday but now will open next week, CEO Douglass Harrison said.
“The tent will hold 10-12 non-COVID ER overflow patients,” he said. “It will have flooring, will be heated, have hot and cold running water, computer hookups and phone lines. The patients will be comfortable and receive treatment in a much more timely manner.”