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Penn State Health renews visitation limits

Penn State Health is once again revising its visitation guidelines in response to an increase in COVID-19 positive patients across the Hershey-based health system.

The system announced on Sunday that beginning on Monday, adult inpatients staying at a Penn State Health facility can have only one family or support person with them during their stay and pediatric patients can have two.

The designated support persons will be the only individuals allowed to enter the facility during the patient’s stay.

Adult patients of emergency departments and outpatient clinics will not be allowed a family or support person, save for exceptions for end-of-life patients and patients with disabilities, communication barriers or behavioral concerns.

The guidelines are system wide and include Penn State Health facilities such as Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, St. Joseph, Holy Spirit Medical Center and any Penn State Health Medical Group locations.

Anyone entering the facilities will be required to wear a mask and all family or support persons will be screened before entering a facility.

York-based WellSpan Health announced a similar tightening of its visitation guidelines last week.

Ioannis Pashakis
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