Mercy Health to Limit Visitations at Hospitals

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area, Mercy Health-Youngstown is suspending most patient visitations at its three area hospitals.

The new measures at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and St. Joseph Warren Hospital will go into effect at 8 a.m. Saturday.

For mothers in labor, one support person will be allowed and that person must be the same throughout the stay. For patients underground surgery and invasive procedures, one support person is allowed.

Special exceptions may be for end of life care and other extenuating circumstances, as well as children.

Visitors who meet these exceptions will not be allowed inside the hospital if they have a cough, fever or respiratory symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Prior to entry, all visitors will have their temperature taken and those reading above 100 degrees will not be allowed in.

“Mercy Health’s hospitals remain the safest environment to seek health care and have strict sanitation protocols in alignment with the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Controls,” the health-care organization said in its announcement. “Mercy Health is proud to be caring for our community during this unprecedented time as we have for the past 110 years. We thank our patients and our community for their part in helping us protect those who need us most.”

On Friday, Ohio reported a record 8,071 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours. In Mahoning County, 169 new cases were reported, while 155 new cases were reported in Trumbull County.

Pictured: St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

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