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University Hospitals updates visitation policy amid spike in COVID-19 cases

The new policy of one designated visitor per day will begin on Tuesday, September 21.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previously published story about the impact of COVID-19 at area hospitals

Citing the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Northeast Ohio, University Hospitals (UH) has announced a change to its visitor policy.

Effective on Tuesday, September 21, UH patients will be allowed one designated visitor per day. This is a change from the previous policy of allowing one visitor at a time. 

"Implementing a visitor policy is a thoughtful balancing act between the art of compassion and the science of health," UH wrote in a release announcing the visitor policy update. "Clinically, when COVID-19 positive numbers rise, limiting visitors limits the potential exposure to and spread of the virus. Yet emotionally and physically, having family or friends at the bedside can make a world of difference in a patient’s recovery. Our visitor policy seeks to provide a healing environment that is safe for everyone."

UH says individual visitation needs may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to address special circumstances or to ensure access to clergy. More information about its visitation policy can be found by clicking here.

"The COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-changing situation. UH leaders are constantly assessing new information. The UH visitor policy will continue to adapt to reflect current conditions," the release added.

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