WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital updates visitation guidelines

Special to the Enterprise

WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital has updated its visitation guidelines in light of increasing cases of COVID-19.

The updated visitor policy was effective Sept. 22.

All patients and visitors will be screened upon entering the building and will be required to wear a mask throughout their visit.

The new visitation guidelines are as follows:

Emergency Department

No visitors are permitted in the Emergency Department.

Limited exceptions will be made for end-of-life cases and pediatrics.

Inpatient Units

One approved visitor/adult per patient per day from noon to 7 p.m.

Peri-Operative/Procedural Registration

One approved visitor is permitted with the patient for registration and prior to the procedure, if space allows for social distancing.

Diagnostics (Radiology/Lab)

Visitors are not permitted for adult outpatient diagnostic visits. One approved visitor is permitted for pediatric diagnostics.

Outpatient Appointments

Visitors are not permitted for adult outpatient appointments. One approved visitor is permitted for pediatric appointments.

COVID-19 Positive Patients

Visitors for COVID-19 positive patients will be restricted unless prior approval is granted.

After hours and weekend building access will be restricted to the Emergency Department entrance from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday-Thursday and from 3 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Exceptions to the visitation guidelines will be made on a case-by-case basis.