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Southwest General Health Center updates visitor restriction policy amid rise of COVID-19 cases

Those that are hospitalized that test positive for COVID-19 may have compassionate visits only, with the exception of maternity patients.

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previously published, unrelated story

Southwest General Health Center has moved its COVID-19 visitor restriction status up to the orange level due to the rise of cases in the Northeast Ohio area. The changes are effective as of Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 and will be in place until further notice. 

Those that are hospitalized that test positive for COVID-19 may have compassionate visits only, with the exception of maternity patients, who may have up to two visitors per day. Patients that are hospitalized and test negative for COVID-19 may have one designated visitor per day, and the same may be said for those on prenatal appointments and in the emergency department. 

Maternity patients are still allotted two visitors per day, and those in the inpatient behavioral health services units may have two visitors per day as well. Those with regular appointments and procedures may not have visitors unless special assistance is required, the patient will be sedated, or the provider has asked the patient to bring an adult. 

During this time, all non-essential, elective surgical procedures that require an inpatient bed will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may need to be rescheduled, the hospital said. Emergency and outpatient surgeries will continue as scheduled for now. 

For more information, policy changes may be found at www.swgeneral.com/covid-19

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