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Granville Health bars all hospital visitors, with few exceptions

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OXFORD — Granville Health System said Thursday it is no longer allowing visitors at its hospital, with few exceptions.

The temporary restrictions apply to patients in the emergency department, intensive care unit, and inpatient medical/surgical unit of Granville Medical Center in Oxford. These departments are not allowing visitors in patient rooms, lobbies or waiting areas. 

Anyone being treated or tested for COVID-19 is not allowed visitors. 

Pediatric patients are allowed one visitor. Labor and delivery patients are also allowed one visitor. Patients of the hospital’s outpatient services, including imaging, laboratory and outpatient surgery, are allowed one visitor or caregiver. 

Other exceptions will be considered “for extraordinary circumstances,” a press release said. When allowed, all visitors must be at least age 13. 

“Many thanks to the community for their support of our organization and the processes we’ve put into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said CEO John. F. Snow in a statement. “These processes will help to establish important measures to keep our patients, staff, and medical staff safe.”

The hospital has rapidly been tightening its restrictions on visitors in recent weeks as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state grows exponentially. 

The restrictions do not apply to anyone seeking health care. 

When visitors are allowed, they must enter through the main entrance or emergency department entrance. Everyone is required to sanitize their hands when entering. 

All visitors will be screened for symptoms of any illness, and for possible exposure risks. The hospital will take the temperature of each visitor.  

In addition, Granville Health System is limiting patients at its physician practices to one visitor. Brantwood Nursing and Rehab Center has barred most all visitors since March 10. 

The health system is encouraging video calls and other types of remote contact in place of in-person visits.