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Navicent Health Enhances Visitor Restrictions to Essential Visitation Only

Health System Committed to Proactively Protecting Central Georgians from COVID-19

MACON, GA (12/29) – As the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases increase in Georgia and following careful review of its policies and local COVID-19 data, Navicent Health has chosen to modify certain portions of its visitation policy. The visitation policy was put into place on March 12, 2020 to protect patients, visitors and caregivers from the threat of COVID-19. The changes are effective Wednesday, December 30, 2020 and only essential visitors will be permitted into Navicent Health facilities.

Essential visitors include those who are visiting/accompanying the following patients:

  • Minor patients under the age of 18
  • Patients in labor and delivery and/or family birth centers
  • Patients in intensive care
  • Patients at end of life and/or in hospice/palliative care
  • Patients who need a healthcare decision maker or visitor to help with communication and/or mobility

Essential visitors must continue to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Essential visitors as allowed by the current policy are named at admission and remain consistent for the duration of the admission.
  • Visitation hours will be held 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily.
  • Minor patients under the age of 18 may have two essential visitors and one essential visitor over night.
  • Patients in labor and delivery and/or family birth centers may have two essential visitors including the birth coach and one essential visitor overnight.
  • Patients in hospice or palliative care may have two essential visitors daily, one at a time at the bedside.
  • Visitors are asked to stay no longer than two hours per visit other than guardians, intensive and hospice/palliative care units.
  • Patients at Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health (RHNH) may designate one essential visitor for the duration of their stay. Visiting hours at RHNH are 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily.
  • Visitors under the age of 12 are not permitted, including for the birth of a sibling.

The enhanced visitation policy applies to all Navicent Health locations, including:

  • Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health
  • The Medical Center, Navicent Health
  • Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health
  • Navicent Health Baldwin
  • Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health
  • Monroe County Hospital, Navicent Health Partner
  • Putnam General Hospital, Navicent Health Partner
  • Emergency Rooms, Urgent Care Centers, and Diagnostics Centers

All facilities may be accessed through their main lobbies and/or emergency centers. Individuals with cough, fever, shortness of breath or other flu-like symptoms are asked to refrain from visiting. Greeters at public entrances will continue to ask basic screening questions and temperature monitoring, guiding those seeking treatment to the appropriate location while assisting essential visitors as needed.

Navicent Health recognizes that interacting with loved ones can be helpful to the healing process and strongly encourage everyone to utilize other forms of support for their loved ones, including phone calls and video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices. Patients have access to Wi-Fi to assist with mobile communication.

The health of our patients and the community is the highest concern at Navicent Health. Our policies and actions are designed to safeguard our community. We appreciate the community’s cooperation and understanding with our efforts to mitigate the threat of COVID-19.

For the latest information on Navicent Health’s response to COVID-19, including our visitation policy, please visit www.navicenthealth.org. Navicent Health reserves the right to update the visitation policy at any time, based on current COVID-19 conditions.


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