UW Health, Merits eases some COVID-19 restrictions
UW Health, Merits eases some COVID-19 restrictions

UW Health, Merits eases some COVID-19 restrictions

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Two Madison-based healthcare systems have jointly announced plans to ease their visiting policies, citing the declining community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Under the new restrictions, adult patients at UW Health and UnityPoint-Merit will be allowed to have two people with them for support.

Two people can accompany people 16 years and older when they come to emergency rooms at UW-Health, but Meriter sticks to its policy of allowing only one. Younger patients at the pediatric clinics can now be joined by their siblings for outpatient appointments.

“We know these restrictions have been tough on our loved ones, so we value the understanding of our patients and visitors as we work to reduce the risk of transmission at these healing sites,” said Merit’s President and CEO Sue Erickson, adding that the hospital wants to ensure that all patients have the emotional support they need.

(NBC15)

Health systems noted that the restrictions and recent changes are under constant review to determine whether they should be increased or tightened. New COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have dropped dramatically since the beginning of the year, when the Omicron variant sent counts to record highs. But after reaching a low point that was dramatically lower than that time, from over 10,000 cases a day to just over 300 a day, the rolling seven-day average for new cases has doubled, and health officials from Dane Co. pointed out Monday that another Omicron variant is sweeping across the state.

However, not all restrictions disappear. The health systems also listed those who will remain in place. These include:

  • All visitors must undergo registration and COVID-19 screening
  • They need a business card
  • They are required to wear a medical grade face mask.

“We still have many processes in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but we hope patients feel the extra support from more relatives who visit and accompany them to appointments,” said UW Health Chief Quality Officer Jeffery Pothof.

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