PINE TOWNSHIP – Allegheny Health Network has updated its policies for visitation at its hospitals, including AHN Grove City in Pine Township.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing locally and nationally and more people are getting vaccinated, so the hospital system is expanding opportunities for those supporting patients, said Dr. Brian Parker, AHN’s chief quality and learning office.

These changes took effect Feb. 9:

Patients may have one persob at a time visit them between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. That support person can change through out the day. Clergy is permitted in addition to the support person.

Exceptions are made for patients under 18, patients with an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability, communication barrier, or behavioral concern, and end-of-life patients.

No visitors are allowed for COVID-19 patients unless they are at the end of life, in which case they are allowed one visitor.

Non-COVID-19 patients who are at the end of life may have two healthy visitors.

For surgery, hospital-based diagnostic and ambulatory services, and emergency department or emergency surgery, patients may have one visitor in a waiting area that accommodates social distancing.

Adjustments to the policy can be made if volumes prevent appropriate social distancing.

Visitors must show a valid identification upon entry, be 18 or older, accept screening, be without symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, wear a mask at all times (one will be supplied if needed), and limit travel outside of patient room and waiting areas.

Visitors who have COVID-19, are symptomatic, have been exposed to the virus, or have COVID-19 test results pending will not be admitted.

Only hospital employees are permitted in the hospital cafeteria. Visitors may provide their own food, though it is preferred that they eat prior to visiting.

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