Davis County Hospital & Clinics began relaxing visitation policies June 24 to allow families and friends to visit hospitalized patients.

Visitation rights had previously been suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Public Relations Coordinator Devyn Pitlick said last week that visitors must pass screening guidelines at designated entrances and will be asked to wait at the entrance until visiting restrictions are verified with the nursing unit or provider.

All visitors will be required to wear face masks while in the building and must be 16 years of age or older. (Exceptions may be permitted if a patient is near death.)

No visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients or COVID-19 persons under investigation unless the patient is near death.

Guardians of, or attendants for, vulnerable adult/pediatric patients are allowed to remain with the patient during his or her care, as clinically allowed, or in lobbies/waiting areas. (A vulnerable patient is one who is younger than 18 years of age, or an adult with physical or mental conditions that make it difficult for the patient to access or direct his/her care, or to understand diagnosis information or care instructions. This would include language barriers.)

Current guidelines for visiting adult patients follow:

• One visitor is allowed with an emergency room patient.

• One visitor is allowed in the hospital at a time to visit hospital inpatients.

• One visitor is allowed with outpatient clinic and testing patients.

• One visitor is allowed with surgery and procedure patients.

Current guidelines for visiting pediatric patients age 18 and under follow:

• Two visitors are allowed at a time for hospital pediatric inpatients.

• Two visitors are allowed at a time for surgery and procedure pediatric patients.

• Two visitors are allowed with pediatric outpatient and testing patients.