Interior Health declares essential visits only due to pandemic

Only essential visits to hospitals and care homes will be permitted. An essential visit is considered one for end of life and critical illness, such as visits from caregivers to assist with feeding or mobility

Interior Health has limited the number of visitors to all of its facilities to essential visits only in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The restriction of visits will help keep our patients, individuals in care, families and health-care workers safe. It also aligns with the provincial health officer’s recommendations for social distancing,” a press release from Interior Health stated.

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Only essential visits to hospitals and care homes will be permitted. An essential visit is considered one for end of life and critical illness, such as visits from caregivers to assist with feeding or mobility.

To further limit the number of people entering sites, the same caregiver or support person should attend each essential visit wherever possible.

Interior Health is also reminding the public that anyone experiencing fever, cough, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat and/or diarrhea must not visit any IH facility.

Additionally , anyone who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days must not visit patients/residents in any IH facility, nor should anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been in contact with a person infected with the virus during the last two weeks.

“We understand the importance of visits from family and loved ones to our patients and long-term care residents and we appreciate everyone’s support in keeping our patients, families and health-care workers safe,” the release stated.

The BC Centre for Disease Control BCCDC website is the recommended resource for accurate, current COVID-19 information for British Columbians. The site is updated frequently.

Interior Health also has frequently updated information on the COVID-19 page on its Interior Health website.

 

 

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