If you have someone in the hospital in Austin, can you visit them? The answer is yes, but hospitals are continuing to restrict the number of visitors and question visitors about their health and travel before letting them into the hospitals. Some of those restrictions increased on Sunday.
St. David’s HealthCare, which began questioning visitors on March 9, set new limits to visitors on Sunday. Only one adult visitor per patient is allowed in at a time and only between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. In select areas of the hospital a visitor can stay overnight. Those include pediatrics, labor and delivery, and neonatal intensive care unit.
“The health and safety of our patients and caregivers are our top priority, and we will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure we are able to safely care for our community,” said David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, in a prepared statement.
On Thursday, Ascension Texas hospitals, which include Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Seton hospitals, began limiting visitors to two visitors per patient and visitors younger than 14 need to get special permission to be there.
Ascension staff also are asking visitors about symptoms such as fever and cough and travel within the last 14 days.