WellSpan Health announced Monday, Nov. 16 that effective Tuesday, Nov. 17, the healthcare system will temporarily prohibit visitations, save for few exceptions.

The full policy can be seen here. Exceptions are mostly centered around end of life, neonatal, and obstetrical patients. Visitors accompanying patients for most other procedures will be asked to wait in their vehicle or leave the facility campus while the patient is receiving care.

In a statement, the health system attributed the policy change to an increase in COVID-19 cases locally.

“WellSpan Health is stressing the need for renewed safety efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19, as hospitalization rates increase at each of the health system’s acute care hospitals with some experiencing their highest patient counts of the pandemic,” said the health system in the statement.

For the most recent Lebanon County COVID-19 data, see our Monday tracker post here.

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