Chadron Hospital Tightening Visitor Policy

CHADRON – Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services is tightening its visitor policy in light of the first COVID-19 cases in the Panhandle and the imposition of a Directed Health Measure by the governor on the 11 Panhandle counties and Grant County.

Director of Nursing Alisha Obando says there is now a limit of one individual per patient during the length of stay and visitor younger than 19 will not be allowed to visit unless they are a patient or the parent of a patient.

All patients and visitors will be screened at the entrances of the Hospital according to CDC and Panhandle Public Health District guidelines and will be asked 5 questions about their health and activities.

A single Yes answer will bar them from entering unless they are seeking care, at which poin they will be required to put on a mask before entering.

Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff and its related facilities have adopted an even tougher visitor policy – a nearly total ban on visits to the hospital and its clinics.

The limited exceptions include one parent or guardian in pediatric units and one significant other or support person in the Birth and Infant Care Center.

Appointments at any Regional West Physicians Clinic or at Urgent Care allow one caregiver if the patient is a minor or if the health care professional being seen requests an adult patient to be accompanied.

Regional West is encouraging family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones in the hospital such as phone calls, Facetime, or Skype.

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