WARREN, Pa. – Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Warren County, Warren General Hospital has issued strict new visitation guidelines to go into effect, Monday, Nov. 16.
(File photo by Andy Close.)
Generally, no visitors are permitted at WGH under the new guidance, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions must meet specific criteria in order to be permitted.
“This is out of an abundance of caution due to increased Covid-19 activity in the Warren County area and across the region,” the hospital said in an email.
Through the first 14 days of November, Warren County has seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. As of 10 p.m. Nov. 15, 40 new cases had been reported in the county, according to Pennsylvania Department of Health data.
Exceptions to WGH’s new visitor policy are:
- One support person for surgical patients
- One support person for ER patients
- One parent/guardian with a minor child
- One support person for laboring mothers
- End-of-life patients may have visitors as permitted by their attending physician
- Warren Medical Group, RehabWorks, and Wound Care patients are permitted to have one healthy person accompany them to their appointments
No visitation is allowed for any patient who has tested positive, or is under investigation for, COVID-19, no exceptions.
Support persons must be 18 or older and must remain the same person throughout the stay.
Anyone entering the hospital, or Warren Medical Group buildings, must be screened and wear a mask at all times.
For more information about the visitation policy, call 814-723-4973.