As COVID numbers continue to fall, some hospitals are starting to ease restrictions. Memorial Health and HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield are easing visitor restrictions. COVID-19 cases have fallen to 10 cases each day per 100,000 people which meets the bar to change the transmission rate from high to medium. The last time the transmission rate was this low, was last July.
Medical grade masks are still required for all patients and visitors entering Memorial Health hospitals and clinical settings. The CDC requires hospitals to issue masks.
As part of the eased guidelines, no visitors will be allowed for patients who are being treated for COVID, or patients who are being evaluated for COVID. Two visitors will be allowed per patient with Memorial Health permitting one overnight visitor. At HSHS St. John’s no visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted unless they are the parent of a child receiving care. At Memorial, the age is no one younger than 16 unless they have a child they have admitted for care.
For a complete look at guidelines visit them online at either St-Johns.org/visitinghours or memorial.health.