KRH updates visitor restrictions beginning Wednesday, June 17
Ensuring patients are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our highest priority. For the health and safety of our patients and employees, Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) initiated full visitor restrictions in March to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at KRH hospitals and the communities we serve. As the organization continues a phased approach to re-introducing services, we are also phasing in changes to our visitor restrictions.
Effective Wednesday, June 17, KRH will update visitor restrictions to allow two designated visitor per patient at KRMC, NVH, HealthCenter inpatient facilities during the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. Also, effective today, KRH is allowing one designated visitor per patient at KRMC, NVH, HealthCenter outpatient clinics.
A designated visitor is a single person that a patient designates as his/her visitor for the duration of his/her inpatient stay. Now, two designated visitors are allowed per patient per hospital stay and one designated visitor for outpatient visits or procedures. Exceptions include end of life situations and parents or guardians of children under 21. Designated visitors must be screened upon entry to KRH facilities and wear a mask.
Full visitor restrictions continue to be in place at Brendan House. Full visitor restrictions for this facilities mean a patient cannot receive visitors, unless it is an end of life situation.
Community members are reminded that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including:
- Washing hands thoroughly and often.
- Covering your cough.
- Avoiding touching your face.
- Staying home if you’re sick.
- Practicing social distancing
- Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
- Wear a mask in public areas
Visit www.krh.org/COVID-19 for up-to-date information and care resources. We will continue to evaluate daily operational needs as we phase in additional services and we will be prepared to adjust visitor restrictions should there be a rise in cases or a change in the pandemic status.