Screening and visitation policies updated by UPMC Susquehanna

UPMC is no longer allowing visitors under the age of 18, hospital officials said.

The decision is for the safety of patients and staff and to lower their risk of exposure to any illness including COVID-19, officials said.

Visitors will be screened upon entering the facilities and may also be asked about travel and potential exposure, officials said.

Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cough, shortness of breath, and a fever, are asked to remain at home.

Updates restrictions are in place at hospitals in the Susquehanna region, including: Cole, Lock Haven, Muncy, Williamsport, Divine Providence and Wellsboro.

No visitors will be allowed for most inpatient units, one visitor is allowed per patient to the emergency department, inpatient and outpatient surgical units for post-surgery discussions, and obstetrics and labor and delivery units.

Two visitors are allowed for pediatric units.

One companion per patient for services provided in ambulatory and outpatient areas is permitted only when the patient requires assistance, otherwise companions are asked to remain in their vehicles.

UPMC senior communities are temporarily limiting visitation at its long-term care facilities. These include skilled nursing, personal care, assisted and independent living settings, and hospital transitional care units. Facilities include Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Haven Place, Muncy Place, and in Wellsboro, the Laurels and the Green Home.

Visitors will be permitted only in special situations, approved by the facility administrator or designated manager.

Special situations may include end-of-life visitation and when a visitor is essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care, and these visitors will be screened for exposure to the symptoms of COVID-19.

Any approved visitors must be screened at the designated facility entrance by a staff member.