A special quarantine tent set up outside Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

A special quarantine tent set up outside Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Hospital changes visitor policy

It coincides with resumption of elective procedures.

The Bartlett Regional Hospital is changing its visitor policy as it resumes some elective surgeries and essential services, according to a release from the hospital.

Patients will be allowed to designate one visitor as of 6 a.m. Monday, May 4, according to BRH. Previously, the hospital was not allowing visitors.

Visitors will be expected to remain in the patient room or designated patient treatment area. All visitors are required to comply with the universal masking policies set forth by both state and local regulations while in the hospital, according to BRH. The cafeteria will be open to any approved visitor during normal business hours as long as they are wearing a visitor armband. Social distancing will be required at all times while accessing the cafe.

The hospital noted exclusions to the policy’s restrictions including: significant others or partners to a mother in labor, legally authorized representatives of a protected or high-risk patient, in cases of impending death unless COVID-19 is likely the cause of death, law enforcement, other cases that could be approved by the house supervisor or administrator on call.

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