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Tucson-area hospitals make changes to visitor polices amid coronavirus concerns

Tucson-area hospitals make changes to visitor polices amid coronavirus concerns

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Tucson Medical Center

Tucson Medical Center, like many other area hospitals, is temporarily barring visitors for its patients due to virus fears.

Tucson-area hospitals are making temporary changes to their visitor policies amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Starting Thursday, Banner Health hospitals — including Banner-University Medical Center Tucson and its south campus — will not allow visitors.

Tucson Medical Center has implemented a similar policy.

At TMC and Banner hospitals, patients under the age of 18 are exceptions and will be allowed to have one adult visitor with them. Mothers going into labor will also be allowed to have one person with them.

Here’s a look at updated policies at other hospitals:

Carondelet Health Network

Starting Thursday, these rules will go into effect at St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s and Marana hospitals:

  • No visitors except for labor, delivery and postpartum areas, which will allow one visitor.
  • NICU patients can have two visitors.
  • Visitors must remain the same throughout the patient’s stay.
  • Children under age 16 are not allowed, but “children of antepartum patients will be considered for visitation on a case-by-case basis.”
Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital
  • Visiting hours limited to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Only one visitor per patient is allowed.
  • Children are not allowed.
  • Inpatient rehabilitation is closed to “non-essential visitors.” Essential visitors are “considered those necessary for patient’s immediate care only.”
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
  • No visitors except anyone who is “directly assisting or caring for a patient” and “in compassionate care, where veterans are in their last stages of life.”
  • When the visitor is “critical to the care of the veteran,” access will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
  • Children are not allowed.
Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital in Green Valley
  • Beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, visitors will no longer be allowed

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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