LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – The Longview Regional Medical Center is limiting its guidelines for visitors as COVID cases, particularly involving the Delta variant, have continued to rise in East Texas and across the country.
Each patient will be allowed one visitor per day during visitor hours. These run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. All visitors will need to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status.
The hospital is also asking all visitors to be fully vaccinated, when possible. Any visitors who have come in contact with someone who is positive for Covid-19, or is experiencing symptoms, will be barred from entering the hospital.
The facilities also may “need to limit the total number of visitors… in order to maintain recommended infection control precautions.”
The new guidelines go into effect immediately Monday morning.
UT Health also said they will continue to be cautious with their visitor policy in order to keep patients and staff safe.
They plan on also changing their guidelines soon.
“Some of them know and continue to carry it into the community and some may not know yet that they’re infected. but allowing folks into the hospitals to continue the spread of the disease would be a little, a little dangerous in our eyes,” said Dr. Tom Cummins, UT Health Division Chief Medical Officer.
CHRISTUS Health has not modified their rules, but they encourage patients to only have one visitor at a time.
Still, most East Texas hospitals are screening people to make sure they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.