Salem Regional Limits Visitation Starting Today

SALEM, Ohio — As of Oct. 30, Salem Regional Medical Center is limiting visitation because of the increase spread of COVID-19.

In a statement announcing the measure, the medical center says visitors will not be permitted to enter the building as a precaution to lower the risk of transmitting the flu or COVID-19. Exceptions will be considered for special circumstances, such as end of life situations or those who are essential to the well-being and care of patients, including those with significant physical or mental disabilities.

“We are taking these necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff; and our visitation policies are updated to reflect national, state and regional efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Anita Hackstedde, Salem Regional president and CEO. “We also understand how important our patients’ connections are to their loved ones and we encourage family members and friends to call, use FaceTime or access our Virtual Visitor technology to stay engaged and provide support during the patient’s stay.”

Other mitigation measures include universal health screening of patients and staff, face coverings for everyone in the building, frequent sanitization of patient care areas, waiting areas and high-touch surfaces, the social distancing in public spaces.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.