Door County Medical Center’s newly constructed Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay, pictured Aug. 1, 2019. (Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
STURGEON BAY – Door County Medical Center stopped welcoming visitors effective Thursday as COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally and statewide.
Healthcare systems are growing overwhelmed — that’s why Door County Public Health stopped contact tracing this week. The medical center’s “doing (their) best to be proactive” by implementing the no-visitor policy, according to the center’s communication specialist, Erin Shortall.
The hospital’s policy lists a few exceptions to allow some support people to accompany patients.
Everyone who comes in must be free of COVID-19 symptoms or any illness, and will be required to wear a mask at all times.
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Obstetrical patients and people undergoing emergency surgery can have one support person with them. Patients under 18 may have one parent or guardian, and people seeking emergency care can have one person who must remain in the patient’s room at all times.
The hospital will make arrangements with any end-of-life patient’s families. No visitors are allowed inside the skilled nursing facility, except for compassionate care visits. The facility permits prearranged courtyard visits.
Clinic patients should attend appointments alone. If they require assistance they can bring one support person who follows mask and symptom-checking rules.
Door County Medical Center also implemented visitor restrictions in March, then loosened them in late June. Door County’s seen double-digit increases to its positive case total each day for several weeks.
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