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Westerly Hospital modifies its visitor restriction policy

Friday, February 19, 2021

Westerly, RI (Feb. 19, 2021) - Due to the recent decline in the positivity rate of COVID-19 the Rhode Island Department of Health has revised its visitor guidance for hospitals and outpatient facilities from Level 3 to Level 1. Effective Friday, Feb. 19, Westerly Hospital will implement a one visitor per patient per day visitor policy for adults over the age of 18.

Visitors may not enter the hospital or ambulatory outpatient facilities if they exhibit the following symptoms: fever, chills, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

A Level 3 no visitor policy has been in place at Westerly Hospital since October when spread of COVID-19 was prevalent in the community. Rhode Island’s Level 1 visitor policy is aimed at limiting visitors to protect vulnerable populations.

All visitors who have permission to enter the hospital will be screened for evidence of illness by the staff at the front desk. Approved visitors who are sick will not be permitted to enter the hospital; this is without exception. All visitors must wear a mask at all times on hospital property.

Westerly Hospital will continue to monitor the situation and the policy will be revised as circumstance dictate.

Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private. westerlyhospital.org

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