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Guthrie updates visitors’ policy in PA and NY hospitals amid COVID-19 surge

(Sayre, Pa.) – Guthrie remains committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our patients, staff and visitors. The organization continues to closely monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in the communities it serves and follow state and federal guidelines in order to safely care for its patients.

Guthrie has updated its visitor policy. The updates guidelines as of Wednesday, December 8, are:

  • All visitors must wear a mask. Visitors to a COVID unit must wear a procedural mask, gloves and gown. Visitors to our New York hospitals will be screened for temperature and COVID symptoms.
  • Inpatients may have visitors between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Two visitors are allowed, and we strongly encourage that these visitors be the same two people throughout the patient’s day. Visitors should leave the facility when not visiting a patient.

Visitors are also allowed in the following situations:

  • An OB patient may be accompanied by two persons which would include one visitor and a doula or two visitors if you do not have a doula.
  • A pediatric patient may have two visitors.
  • Surgical/procedural outpatients may have one visitor during intake and discharge.
  • Emergency department patients may have one visitor.
  • Other situations with extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Please do not visit if you have a fever over 100 degrees, if you have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID in the past 14 days. Only visitors age 12 and over are permitted to visit.

While Guthrie understands and appreciates how difficult these restrictions can be, these efforts, along with the cooperation of the community, are vital to slowing the spread of infection in our region.