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Led by ChristianaCare, Delaware hospitals tighten visitation policies due to COVID-19

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In response to rising coronavirus case and hospitalization levels throughout the state, hospital systems in Delaware are implementing stricter visitation policies.

ChristianaCare, Delaware’s largest health system, is requiring visitors to show proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours to enter its facilities as part of its new visitation guidelines.

The guidelines, which go into effect Monday, limit most patients to one daily visitor and require all visitors to pass a screening for COVID-19 symptoms to be admitted. All visitors must wear a mask.

In a statement, ChristianaCare Chief Operating Officer Sharon Kurfuerst said data and science guided their decision-making process and the spread of the delta variant among people who are unvaccinated has created “significant challenges.”

ChristianaCare recently opened their brand new Center for Women & Children’s Health at their campus in Newark. The center features private NICU rooms, couplet care, and a state-of-the-art labor lounge.

The delta variant, which is more transmissible than previous strains of the virus, has been the predominant strain in Delaware for several weeks. In the past month, Delaware’s daily case count has increased sixfold. For the first time since late April, Delaware on Thursday reported a seven-day average greater than 300 cases.

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Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are rising too. Delaware on Saturday  reported 185 hospitalizations, its most since April 29.

Nurses inside ChristianaCare's emergency department ready supplies for possible coronavirus patients.

In most cases, visitors are not permitted for patients who have or are suspected of having COVID-19.

At Beebe Healthcare’s Lewes campus, masks are required and patients are limited to one visitor who must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Bayhealth in Kent and Sussex counties has similar protocols, requiring masks, social distancing and health screenings.

Starting Wednesday, Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington limited visitation to one adult per patient for the duration of the hospitalization. All visitors must be screened and wear a mask.

The Bayhealth Sussex Campus in Milford. Bayhealth is requiring masks, social distancing and health screenings for visitors to its facilities.

TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford updated its guidelines earlier this month to bar all visitation in all areas. Exceptions are being made for end-of-life visitation, disabled people who may need a support person and labor and delivery patients.

Masks are required at Nanticoke. The hospital’s website said the rules will remain in place “as long as needed to protect our patients, staff and community.”



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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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