Hospital updates visitation policy as COVID cases fall

Times Observer file photo Warren General Hospital has updated its visitation policy as fewer cases of COVID-19 are reported locally.

As Warren County sees a decreasing number of cases of COVID-19, Warren General Hospital is adjusting some policies — including the visitation policy.

“We continue to see a decline in COVID -19 inpatients and testing,” CEO Rick Allen said. “On Monday, Feb. 28, we began to allow one visitor and one support person (as needed) into the hospital with a patient.”

Face masks remain a requirement. “All must continue to wear a mask at all times while in the hospital,” Allen said. Visitors will also have to go through a temperature screening.

The mask policy for hospital personnel is more stringent.

“We remain masking in accordance with PA Department of Health guidelines and directives,” he said. “All Warren General Hospital and Warren Medical Group staff are expected to wear either a surgical or N95/KN95 face mask while in the hospital, Cancer Center, clinics and/or medical offices.”

Vaccines and medications are available in the community.

“COVID-19 oral medications are available in Warren County — at Gaughn’s Drug Store,” Allen said. “These are outpatient/at home medications requiring a provider prescription and targeted for high-risk individuals testing positive for COVID-19. Dr. (Keith) Price has sent out notice to all WGH/WMG providers regarding when and how to prescribe.”

“We continue to work with the Warren County Commissioners and Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry to promote COVID-19 vaccination throughout Warren County,” he said.

The number of COVID patients is down — remaining in the low single digits. Still, there is no lull in admissions.

“We continue to admit other very ill patients,” Allen said. “As previously reported, we are nearing hospital bed capacity.”

There have also been a few flu cases — three of influenza A — confirmed in the community.


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