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Lexington Medical Center changing their visitation policy again as COVID cases decrease

West Columbia, SC 02/15/2022 – In response to a decreasing number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, Lexington Medical Center is updating its visitation policies. These new policies are effective Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Emergency Department/Urgent Care Centers

One visitor is allowed to accompany a non-COVID-19 patient being treated in the Emergency department. If the lobby reaches capacity, visitors will not be allowed to stay with patients. The visitor must stay in the patient’s exam room at all times and may help settle the patient into his or her inpatient room if admitted. Use the direct entrance to the Emergency department upon arrival.

Inpatients (Non-COVID-19 Patients)

Two visitors are allowed to visit inpatients in non-COVID-19 units during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week. Visits from Pastoral Care and personal faith leaders do not affect visitation guidelines. Depending on a patient’s tower location, please use the Main Entrance or the South Entrance of the hospital. Visitors must wear masks at all times, including when visiting patients in their room.

Obstetrics

A spouse or support person is permitted while the patient is in labor or has just delivered a child. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital. Two visitors, not including the spouse or support person, are allowed to visit the Mother/Baby unit during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week.

Special Care Nursery

The birth parent and her support person are allowed in the Special Care Nursery. They most both have the hospital’s infant identification bracelet. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital.

Surgical/Procedural Areas (Inpatient and Outpatient)

Two visitors are permitted in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at the main campus. They may help settle the patient into his or her room if admitted. For procedures at the main hospital, use the Main Entrance upon arrival. One visitor is allowed in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at other Lexington Medical Center facilities. Patients and visitors should use the Main Entrance to those buildings upon arrival.

Additional Information

No visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19 or for patients suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Minors under the age of 16 are not permitted to visit.

All approved visitors must wear a face mask while in any Lexington Medical Center facility. All approved visitors will also be screened by staff before entering any Lexington Medical Center facility and may have to leave based on screening results.

For practices in Lexington Medical Center’s physician network, depending on the practice and patient circumstance, caregivers may be able to accompany patients to appointments. Patients should contact each physician practice about visitation.


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