The Hospitals of Providence have announced on Monday that they are moving forward and allowing limited visitations starting today. On their Facebook post, the Hospitals of Providence announced that they have "determined the timing is now right to welcome back visitors during a daily visitation window" because they "understand the essential role that loved ones play in the well-being and recovery of patients and look forward to the return of visitors."

Of course, there are some rules to be followed. Visitation is only for non-COVID patients, there will only be one visitor allowed and they must be 18 years of age or older. Face masks are, of course, required and there will be a screening process upon entry. Visitors wishing to see patients can do so every day between the hours of 4 P.M. to 6 P.M.

Speaking to KTSM, Nicholas Tejeda, Group CEO for The Hospitals of Providence said:

We have determined the timing is now right to allow limited visitation into our hospitals. We understand the essential role that loved ones play in the well-being and recovery of our patients. Whether it is a comforting word or the gentle touch of a hand, one visitor can make a huge difference.”

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, visitors have not been allowed. For COVID-19 patients, it's understandable that visitors would not be allowed; the risk of spread and exposure is just too high. However, with the proper precautions and guidance from the CDC, Tejeda assures that The Hospitals of Providence has developed, incorporated and refined strict protocols and processes to keep patients, staff and visitors safe.


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