Gundersen Health System tightens visitor restrictions at hospitals, clinics

Gundersen Health System tightens visitor restrictions at hospitals, clinics

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Gundersen Health System has updated its visitor restrictions at its La Crosse and affiliate hospitals and clinics amid the coronavirus pandemic to keep patients, staff and communities safe.

Hospital visitor guidelines:

One visitor/support person is allowed per patient, per day for the hospitalization. Visitors must be 12 and older.

In addition:

  • The patient/patient spokesperson will designate a support person.
  • Visitors are asked to stay home if they are ill or have traveled.
  • Visitors will be asked specific questions regarding health and travel before they are given access to floors or other screening questions deemed necessary.
  • All visitors are required to wear a visitor badge available at the information desk from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Some hospital units/ambulatory care areas may implement further restrictions at their discretion.
  • Exceptions: end-of-life, interpreter and pediatric situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Clinic visitor guidelines:

  • One support person per patient at clinic appointments is the new restriction effective Monday.
  • Visitors are asked to stay home if they are ill or have traveled.
  • Visitors are asked to drop off and pick up patients, rather than
  • waiting inside the clinic.

Additional visitor guidelines:

  • Do not visit if you are sick.
  • Keep the length of visits to a minimum.
  • Before and after visiting a patient, wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds or rub your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for 15 seconds.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then dispose of the tissue. Use your shirt sleeve, not your hands, if no tissue is available.
  • Call patients with your well wishes instead of visiting in person.

Visitor restrictions are temporary and may change as Gundersen monitors the COVID-19 situation locally, regionally and nationally.

If you are sick and need care, please call us before you come in.

  • Call your primary care provider
  • Call Gundersen’s Telephone Nurse Advisors at 608-775-4454 or 800-858-1050.

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