Mercy Health, Salem Regional Expand Hospital Visitations

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health-Youngstown and Salem Regional Medical Center have relaxed some of the restrictions on visitations put in place to protect hospital patients during the coronavirus pandemic. 

At Mercy’s St. Elizabeth Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Boardman and St. Joseph Warren hospitals, visitation hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with each patient in the hospital and emergency department allowed one visitor per day. Exceptions will be made for end of life care and other extenuating circumstances. All visitors must be 15 or older and patients that have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suspected to have the disease are not allowed entry. 

All visitors must wear masks at all times inside the hospitals. Mercy Health will provide masks to those who don’t have their own. All visitors will have their temperature taken before entry and will not be allowed in if they have flu symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain or a sore throat.

Beginning June 11 at Salem Regional Medical Center, inpatient visitation is allowed from 7 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Patients in the emergency department or for those in the hospital for outpatient procedures may have one visitor to accompany to them. No visitation is allowed for COVID-19 patients. All visitors must be 18 or older.

All patients and visitors must enter the hospital at the emergency department, parking deck garage or bridge walkway and must under a health screening upon arrival. Face coverings are required at all times inside the hospital and social distancing will be enforced where possible.

Both health-care systems offer virtual visitations, using video conferring systems. 

Pictured: St. Joseph Warren Hospital

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