Central Health would like to provide an update on visitor guidelines that have been implemented at its Long-Term Care and Acute Care facilities throughout the Central Region.
The guidelines listed below follow the direction provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Effective Monday, June 21, 2021, there will no longer be a requirement for patients/residents to have a list of six designated visitors. All support persons/visitors must register upon arrival to the facility and be screened prior to the visit.
All facilities will permit two visitors per day unless advised by the care team.
Temporary restrictions to visitation/attendance will remain in place at all provincially operated acute care facilities, health centres and long-term care homes; as well as privately operated long-term care homes, personal care homes, and community care homes to reduce the risk of possible transmission of COVID-19 to patients, residents and staff of these facilities/homes.
Out-patients and Emergency Department patients can be accompanied by one person for emergency, outpatient and ambulatory care clinics, appointments or procedures. In keeping with public health guidance to reduce the number of contacts wherever possible, patients are asked to carefully consider the necessity of an attendee when visiting these areas. To support that guidance, patients who can safely manage their interaction for out-patient care without assistance/support should attend unaccompanied. Please note that some areas may not be able to accommodate multiple support people/visitors due to the need to maintain physical distancing requirements. In these cases, clinical care teams will work with families to identify visitation options.
While visitation restrictions are in place, please give consideration to using alternate communication methods such as virtual visits and phone calls to maintain contact with your loved ones, when possible, rather than in-person visiting.
Gayle St. Croix
Director of Communications and Government Relations