BUCKHANNON — Due to the rising number of COVID cases in Upshur County, St. Joseph’s Hospital is re-implementing stricter patient and visitor guidelines in order to protect patients, staff, and the community.
For patients coming to the hospital and/or the physician clinics, they are required to limit those accompanying them to one person and are encouraged to come alone if possible. Individuals who are exhibiting COVID symptoms are not permitted to accompany patients and we recommend they be tested. Everyone will be screened at the entrance and will be required to wear a mask.
For visitors the policy is as follows: Visitors to the second floor are limited to one adult at a time and they must register at the desk in the main lobby. Pediatric patients may have two visitors. For the OB department, visitors will be limited to one adult of the mother’s choice during her length of hospitalization. They must wear a bracelet issued by the OB department. No visitors are permitted in the Nursing Care Facility with the exception of those with approved medically necessary status. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to visit.
The new COVID variants are highly contagious. If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to contact your primary care provider to be vaccinated.