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​​​Some Patients With COVID-19 Can Receive Visitors

​​COVID-19 patients at Atrium Health ​Floyd Medical Center will​ be allowed one designated visitor who can stay for a maximum​ of two hours per day, if the patient meets one of the following conditions:

  • Patient is at end of life.
  • A patient who was living with his or her family before recently being admitted to the facility is struggling with the change in environment and lack of physical family support.
  • A patient who is grieving after a friend or family member recently passed away.
  • A patient who needs cueing and encouragement with eating or drinking, previously provided by family or caregivers, or is experiencing weight loss or dehydration. 
  • A patient who previously talked and interacted ​with others is experiencing emotional distress, seldom speaking or crying more frequently when the patient had rarely cried in the past.
​A patient will not be allowed a designated visitor ​if they are receiving an aerosolizing treatment (BIPAP).

​Guidelines for Visitors of Patients with COVID-19 

  • A surgical mask will be required. If requested, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gowns, ​gloves and eye protection will be provided when the visitor arrives at the nursing station. Visitors will be shown how to correctly wear the equipment and remove it.
  • Visitors will be asked to remain in the patient's room during the duration of the visit.
  • Visitors are encouraged to eat prior to arrival. If they are eating in the patient's room they should be at least 6 feet from the patient before taking off their mask.
  • At the end of the visitation, the visitor will be instructed to leave the hospital without visiting any other location.​ 
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