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Rockford hospitals implement restrictions amid rise in community COVID-19 cases


ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford's three major hospital systems have announced enhanced visitor restrictions in response to an increase in hospitalizations and a rise in local COVID-19 cases.

The restrictions, which go into effect Monday, Oct. 12, impact Mercyhealth's Rockton and Riverside campuses, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center and SwedishAmerican Health System.

Mercyhealth Rockton and Riverside Hospitals:

  • Outpatient procedures and surgery—patients may be accompanied by ONE VISITOR to the procedure area and will then be asked to leave the building. Contact information will be taken and the visitor will be called when the patient is ready to be discharged.
  • Emergency Department—ONE VISITOR PER DAY
  • Pediatrics (including NICU)—UP TO TWO VISITORS PER DAY
  • Inpatient Medical and Surgical Units and ICU—NO VISITORS (Exceptions on a case by case basis for end of life
  • situations or special circumstances)
  • Visitors must be 18 years of age or older

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center:

  • One support person per patient is allowed inside the medical center based on the patient’s need and condition.
  • Special consideration will be made during critical situations in collaboration with the care team.

SwedishAmerican Health System:

  • No inpatient visitors are allowed except for healthcare decision makers and visitors of end-of-life patients.
  • One visitor per patient is allowed in Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Emergency Department.
  • Two visitors per patient are allowed in the NICU and the Pediatrics Unit.

To help keep everyone safe, visitors are asked to stay in their loved one's room as much as possible and limit movement around the hospital. Visitors must bring their own mask and wear it at all times in the hospital. They will be screened upon entry for fever and other symptoms. Visitors are not allowed for patients who have tested positive or are under investigation for a COVID-19 infection.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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