Upstate hospitals update policies, limit visitors due to COVID-19 surge


UPSTATE, S.C. (WSPA) – Some hospitals in the Upstate have released updated visitation policies due to a surge in delta variant COVID-19 cases. Health leaders at AnMed Health are now requiring employees to get vaccinated or submit exemption forms.

Here’s a full breakdown of policy updates at area hospitals:

AnMed Health

AnMed Health in Anderson will require all AnMed Health team members, including employees, volunteers, students, and on-site vendors and medical staff members to either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or take alternative steps to reduce the risk of infection.

AnMed Health will grant a vaccine exemption to those who have a medical contraindication, a
personal religious belief that prevents them from receiving the vaccine, or natural immunity
through a previous COVID-19 infection, according to a press release.

Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear a mask at all times, complete education modules, and participate in routine COVID-19 testing. All team members must either receive the vaccine or request an exemption by Sept. 30.

Prisma Health

Prisma Health will limit visitation at all hospital and clinical facilities starting Monday, Aug. 9, due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections.

Adult inpatients, outpatients and ambulatory pediatric patients will be limited to one visitor. These restrictions also will continue:

  • Visitors must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth (no gaiters or vented masks).
  • Visitors will be screened upon entry. Anyone with possible COVID-19 symptoms cannot visit.
  • Visitors must stay with the patient (not go to the cafeteria, gift shop, etc.). People over age 65 and those with chronic illnesses who are not vaccinated should refrain from visiting.
  • On occasion, visitors should remain with a patient with special needs. Secure approval of attending doctor and administrator for exceptions.

Bon Secours

  • Visiting hours will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each patient will only be allowed one visitor at a time. Visitors under the age of 16 are only allowed between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • All visitors must be masked for the duration of their visit. Masks and/or shields will be made available to all persons entering a Bon Secours facility.
  • One medical companion may be allowed overnight in a patient room upon approval of the nursing supervisor for that unit. Visitors are encouraged to remain in patient’s rooms and to alert nursing staff when they are leaving.
  • All visitors must be masked for the duration of their visit.

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