Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is revising its visitation restrictions at its downtown and Eastside locations to ensure the safety of its patients, visitors and health care workers beginning on Jan. 7.
“With [the] COVID-19 rates continuing to rise at an alarming rate in our community, it has become necessary to tighten our visitor restrictions,” said Bon Secours St. Francis-Greenville PR and communications manager Jennifer Robinson. “Given the fluidity of this pandemic, further adjustments may become necessary in the near future. We urge everyone to help us slow the spread of this virus through simple means, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, hand-washing and avoiding large gatherings.”
While most patients will continue to be allowed one visitor per day, Bon Secours has announced the following changes:
- Francis Downtown’s visiting hours will be 2-6 p.m. daily, but exceptions will be made for outpatient procedural areas where a medical companion is necessary.
- Francis Eastside’s visiting hours will be noon-4 p.m. daily, but exceptions will be made for laboring mothers as well as the NICU.
- Visitors are no longer allowed in the emergency room unless a medical companion is deemed necessary for patient care
- All visitors must undergo a temperature check and screening prior to entry to any Bon Secours facility. Universal masking, hand hygiene and cough etiquette are also required.
COVID-19 patients and those in areas caring for potential COVID-19 patients are not allowed to have visitors. In addition, older visitors and those with comorbid conditions associated with increased risk of COVID-19 are encouraged to avoid visitation.
To view the full visitor policy for each hospital, click the links below: