LVHN implements stricter visitation rules for mothers and newborns

Written by on March 30, 2020

LVHN implements stricter visitation rules for mothers and newborns

By Jen Rehill

March 30, 2020

As of 7 a.m. this morning, Lehigh Valley Health Network has placed new, stricter limits on visitation for mothers and newborns around labor and delivery, citing concern about the risk of COVID-19 from neighboring states, WLVR’s Jen Rehil reports. 

In a website and social media post last night, LVHN said it was updating policies for its family birth and newborn centers because of “regional relocation of patients out of the high-risk New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas, despite recent CDC travel restrictions.”

Among the changes, no visitors are permitted in triage areas, unless delivery appears imminent. Anyone who accompanies a patient to the hospital will have to wait in their car and one visitor will be permitted only if the patient is admitted for delivery.

While no patient will be denied care, visitors will be subject to temperature checks and may be asked to show ID as proof of residence. 

Finally, laboring mothers and visitors are also being asked to bring their own surgical masks to health care facilities, and to wear them at all times.

Find the complete list of new rules at LVHN.org.


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