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Weirton Medical Center to permit limited visitors

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center is updating its visitation policies, beginning today, as it begins the process of normalizing hospital operations.

Among the measures taking effect are:

¯ Inpatients on Levels 5, 7, 8 are permitted one visitor per day. That visitor must be designated by the patient before the visitor’s arrival and must check-in at the front desk in the hospital lobby. The visitor is required to wear a badge the duration of the visit and must wear a mask, either from home or one will be provided.

¯ Emergency patients are permitted to assign one patient support person at the time of their arrival. That person will get a visitor badge which must be visible the duration of their time in the Emergency Department. Visitors in the Emergency Department must wear a mask from home or one will be provided.

¯ There is no change to visitation in the Obstetrics and Pediatrics Departments. Patients are allowed one designated visitor for their entire stay.

Visitors must be registered and will be provided an identification badge.

¯ There is no change to visitation in the Skilled Care Unit. Due to state regulations, WMC is unable to allow visitors on the Skilled Care Unit except in the instance of hospice care.

All visitors, who must be over the age of 14, will continue to be screened at the main entrance and at the emergency entrance according to existing protocol.

Visitation hours for the hospital’s inpatient units will be 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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