September 2, 2021
Fredericksburg, VA, September 2, 2021—Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) is moving to visitation
red status on Friday, September 3, 2021. Visitation red status indicates no
visitation in a MWHC facility.
“With the drastic rise in COVID-19 cases in our community and under
our care in our hospitals and facilities, it is in the best interest for
the safety of our staff, providers, and patients to restrict visitation
at this time,” says Christopher Newman, MD, Chief Operating Officer
and Chief Medical Officer for MWHC.
Visitation red status restricts all visitation in MWHC facilities with
few exceptions. Visitation exceptions include:
- Minor patients may have two designated caregivers (parent or guardian)
throughout their hospital stay, but only one parent or guardian in the
facility at a time; minor patients in the emergency department, outpatient
facilities (such as doctor’s offices, imaging centers, etc.), or
same day procedure may have one parent or guardian with them for their visit.
- Individuals with disabilities may have one designated caregiver throughout
their hospital stay; individuals with disabilities in the emergency department,
outpatient facilities (such as doctor’s offices, imaging centers,
etc.), or same day procedure may have one parent or guardian with them
for their visit.
- Patients giving birth can have one designated support person throughout
- Clergy may continue to provide brief supportive visits with prior approval
by the pastoral care department.
- Compassionate care visits may be approved as determined by the patient’s
MWHC has restricted visitation since the start of the pandemic in March
of this year. However, full restrictions have not been in place for several months.
“COVID-19 cases have nearly tripled in the last week,” says
Dr. Newman. “We know that restricting visitation creates added stress
for our patients and their loved ones. We made this decision knowing it
is for everyone’s safety. Our team is prepared to support our patients
and their families in connecting through phone calls and video chats.”
MWHC will continue to assess visitation restrictions based on community
cases and COVID-19 patient volumes. Visitation status and restrictions
can be found online at www.mwhc.com.
MWHC leadership implores our community to do their part in preventing the
spread of COVID-19: wear a mask indoors and outside when in proximity
of anyone not from your immediate household; physically distance (greater
than six feet) from those outside of your immediate household; stay home
whenever possible; and practice good hand hygiene.
If you are experiencing symptoms and not sure where to seek care, call
the MWHC free triage line. The Health Link nurses are available daily
from 6:00 a.m. to midnight by calling 540.741.1100.
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and outpatient care through over 50 facilities including Mary Washington
Hospital, a 471-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a
100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare is a not-for-profit
health system with a longstanding commitment to provide care regardless
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