Weirton Medical Center relaxes some visitation restrictions
WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center is relaxing some of its patient visitor restrictions as a result of decreasing COVID cases in the region.
“For the first time in nearly 12 months, WMC recently recorded the first 48-hour period without a single COVID inpatient at our facility,” said Kelli McCoy, director of communications at WMC. “This has been an incredibly challenging year for our staff and the community so we were elated at the progress in such a rapid decline in cases. With the impact and expansion of vaccine efforts locally, we expect this to only get better.”
Under the new guidelines, released Tuesday night, patients in inpatient units located on the hospital’s fifth through eighth floors, will still be limited to one visitor at a time, but it will no longer be limited to a single visitor for the day. Families will be able to rotate individuals through during a visitation.
Visitation hours also have been expanded to noon to 6 p.m., daily.
Mandated visitation restrictions will remain in place for skilled care, OB and pediatrics units.
“In addition to separating patients from their families, one of the biggest issues that isn’t discussed has been the number of patients who have delayed or cancelled necessary medical care out of fear from COVID,” McCoy said. “Untreated diseases such as cardiac or diabetes can have a devastating effect on your health which will far outlast the effects from COVID. With the huge decline in COVID cases at WMC and across our region, we are encouraging patients to resume their medical care immediately. The message we would offer today is don’t delay.”