With safety measures in place, Valleywise Health will begin easing some of its visitor restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The number of new infections in Maricopa County is down significantly over the last several weeks,” said Dr. Michael White, Chief Medical Officer. “We feel that it’s time to update our visitor restrictions based on science and a thoughtful approach and to welcome back family and friends who are an essential part of the healing process for our patients.”
Beginning Monday, August 24, patients may now have one visitor accompany them into the hospital and ambulatory clinics during visiting hours. Restrictions will remain in place for COVID-19 patient care areas to protect patients, visitors and staff, and to preserve our supplies of PPE.
In addition, here are other changes to the visitor policy during the pandemic.
- Visitors will be screened upon arrival at all Valleywise Health facilities.
- Visitors must wear face masks at all times inside any Valleywise Health facility and when riding shuttles at the main campus.
- Social distancing will be required in all gathering areas.
- Virtual visits for COVID-19 patients will continue to be supported.
- Patients who are at the end of life may have 2 loved ones visit at one time.
Teams will monitor rates within Valleywise Health and the community to ensure we keep our environments as safe as possible for our patients and visitors.
Having visitors will help patients tremendously, Dr. White said.
“We understand how important it is to patients and their physical and mental well-being,” Dr. White said.