As long as you mask up, area hospitals like Door County Medical Center are welcoming back more of its visitors.
It was January 7th when Door County Medical Center last changed its visitor policies at the height of the Omicron-fueled surge of COVID-19 cases. At the time, no visitors were allowed for hospitalized patients and those coming for outpatient procedures were allowed one designated support person. Those restrictions have been lifted, but you will still be required to wear a mask whether you are a patient, visitor, or employee. It falls in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control about masking, especially in situations where you could be around people who are immunocompromised or very sick.
Bellin Health issued similar rules for its patients and visitors on Tuesday, allowing for two visitors instead of just one.
On Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported a seven-day average of 679 new COVID-19 positive cases, the lowest it has been in seven months.
RELEASE FROM DOOR COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
Masking still required for patients and visitors
February 28, 2022 - Effective February 25, 2022, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) lifted Covid-related visitor restrictions. Hospitals and health systems have a solemn duty to prioritize the health and well-being of their patients, many of whom are immunocompromised and/or severely sick and weakened and are at a high risk of severe reaction should they contract Covid-19. Therefore, the CDC still requires masking in hospital and healthcare settings. All patients and visitors will still be required to wear a mask while inside DCMC's main campus, satellite clinics and Rehab facilities. DCMC will continue to take the steps necessary to protect our patients, especially the most vulnerable.
For more information on the CDC's masking guidelines, please visit their Masking Guidelines Page
FROM BELLIN HEALTH