Penn State Health Revises Guidelines for Visits, Masks | Berks Regional News

Penn State Health Revises Guidelines for Visits, Masks |  Berks Regional News

All who wish to visit a patient will be subjected to screening before entering any facility, and everyone will be required to wear a medical-grade mask at all times. Penn State Health said it will provide a surgical mask to any patient or visitor who does not have one.

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  • Effective Thursday, adult patients in all of the network’s hospitals, including St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township, may have one family/support person per day, and pediatric patients may have two family/support persons per day.

  • Visitors who have COVID symptoms will not be allowed to enter.

The new visitation guidance applies only to patients without COVID, officials said; the health system’s visitation restrictions for patients with COVID will remain in place.

Penn State Health said it will continue to make iPads available for communication between care teems, patients, and families.

In addition to the hospitals, the new guidelines apply to Penn State Health Medical Group locations as well as outpatient clinic and procedural areas and emergency departments.

As of Monday, Penn State Health reported that 216 of its adult inpatients and 14 pediatric inpatients had COVID-19. Twenty-four of those adults were hospitalized at St. Joe’s; six were in the ICU and three were on a ventilator.

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