Kalispell,
15
May
2020
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11:24 PM
America/Denver

KRH updates visitor restrictions beginning Monday, May 18

Ensuring patients are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our highest priority. For the health and safety of our patients and employees, KRH initiated full visitor restrictions in March to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at KRH hospitals and the communities we serve. As the organization continues a phased approach to re-introducing services, we are also phasing in changes to our visitor restrictions.

Effective Monday, May 18, KRH will update visitor restrictions to allow one designated visitor per patient at KRMC, NVH, HealthCenter inpatient facilities. A designated visitor is a single person that a patient designates as his/her visitor for the duration of his/her inpatient stay. Only one designated visitor is allowed per patient per hospital stay. Exceptions include end of life situations and parents or guardians of children under 18. Designated visitors must be screened upon entry to KRH facilities and wear a mask.

Full visitor restrictions continue to be in place at Brendan House and outpatient clinics.  Full visitor restrictions for these facilities mean a patient cannot receive visitors, unless it is an end of life situation and /or they are under the age of 18, in which one parent or guardian may be present.

Community members are reminded that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including:

  • Washing hands thoroughly and often.
  • Covering your cough.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
  • Wear a mask in public areas

Visit www.krh.org/COVID-19 for up-to-date information and care resources. We will continue to evaluate daily operational needs as we phase in additional services and we will be prepared to adjust visitor restrictions should there be a rise in cases or a change in the pandemic status.