Carle sees an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, implements additional restrictions

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URBANA, Ill. (WMBD) — Carle is implementing stricter policies after the entire Carle system sees an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the company.

Carle announced these changes will begin Friday.

Outpatient Procedure Support Person Policy

  • For Outpatient procedures, one support person is allowed for the duration of the procedure.
  • For Outpatient appointments, one support person only allowed for patients under 18 or for an adult patient with cognitive or developmental limitations. All other support persons involved in a plan of care should wait in their car for the patient and attend appointment by phone.

Inpatient Visitor Guidelines

No hospital visitors allowed except for the following extenuating circumstances:

  • Developmental/cognitive impairments- one support person permitted (including COVID+ patients).
  • No visitors to the Emergency Department but allows two support people during a major trauma event where the Trauma Services team will provide care and for Pediatric patients 24 hours a day and one support person for an adult patient with cognitive or development impairment.
  • Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery/Antepartum – one support person for the entire length of stay. Support cannot leave the unit.
    • Special note for Carle BroMenn Medical Center: Laboring mothers should enter through Labor & Delivery Entrance after 6:30 p.m.
  • Pediatrics/Intermediate Care Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – two support persons for the entire visit, one permitted at the bedside. Support persons must change outside of the unit.
    • Pediatrics support 24 hours a day.
    • NICU and Intermediary Care Nursery support 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Intensive Care Unit – two support persons. Only one person at bedside.
    • Inpatient visiting hours for support persons will be 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. End of visiting hours announcements will air as appropriate at each location.
    • Carle BroMenn Medical Center visiting hours are 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Inpatient Rehab – no support person until discharge.
  • End-of-life – four support persons may be banded/stickered (including COVID+ patients), two at the bedside 24 hours a day.
    • Support persons must change outside of the unit. They cannot wait in the lobby or waiting room areas.
    • If the dying patient has a child under the age of 18, the child may be allowed to enter, but only when accompanied by another banded adult family member.
  • No visitors for MedSurg, COVID+, or PUI patients or in semi-private rooms.
  • All waiting rooms (except Surgical Services) closed to visitors.

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