LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. - The Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke's University Health Network have implemented common visitor restrictions amid coronavirus concerns.
Both networks are following a "No visitation, No access policy" for all of their hospitals and facilities, including Lehigh Valley Physician Group and St. Luke's Physician Group.
Hospital officials say the policy at LVHN went into effect Sunday, March 15 at 12:01 a.m. St. Luke's will implement the policy Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. The common policy has been put into effect to prevent confusion among the community.
Officials say that no visitors will be permitted in hospitals or inpatient facilities, except under special circumstances:
- Visitation of a patient nearing the end of life
- Parent visitation of a child in a pediatric ICU or neonatal ICU
- One coach or partner per patient on labor and delivery unit
- One visitor at a time for patients in inpatient hospice unit
- One parent/guardian at a time for pediatric patients
- One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge
- One visitor for patients undergoing same-day surgeries and procedures
- One visitor per patient in the Emergency Department
Anyone that meets these exceptions must be in good health and is subject to health screenings if necessary, officials say.
Hospital officials say that no child under the age of 12 is permitted to visit in the hospital.
For more information about COVID-19 and LVHN procedures, visit Lvhn.org/COVID19