UCHealth implements no-visitor policy

Special to the Surveyor

Effective 8 p.m. MT today, Friday, March 20, UCHealth is implementing a no-visitors policy at all of its hospitals and clinics with exceptions for maternity, NICU, pediatric and end-of-life care. Outpatient clinic patients will also be allowed one person to accompany them if needed for support. These new restrictions are in place for the health and safety of patients and their families, visitors and health care workers.

The policy will be disappointing for patients and their loved ones. In a press release UCHealth encourages patients and their families to maximize use of virtual video connections, chats and phone calls. Most other hospitals in Colorado have instituted similar visitor restrictions.

In addition, UCHealth encourages patients to call ahead if they are on their way to an appointment, emergency room or urgent care and have a fever, cold, or flu symptoms, or if they may have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

UCHealth urges all Coloradans to take precautions recommended by the CDC and CDPHE, including physically distancing from others, washing hands regularly, and staying home when sick. These precautions will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. Additional information about COVID-19 is available at uchealth.org/coronavirus and the CDPHE and CDC web sites.

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