PARAGOULD, Ark. Hospitals here in Northeast Arkansas are implementing new restrictions as this outbreak continues.
This includes restricting visitors for the time being.
“No visitors to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. We do have some exceptions is for a child under the age of 18, they are allowed to have one visitor," says Teresa Fisher, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at AMMC. "Another exception is childbirth, a mother is giving birth. Another exception is end of life care.”
Fisher says while there can be exceptions, these would be determined on a case by case basis and would be to the discretion of doctors and nursing staff.
All visitors who qualify for the exceptions will be temperature screened and go through a travel and health screening where they will be asked if they are sick or have a cough.
They will also be required to wear a mask while inside the hospital. NEA Baptist has similar restrictions in place.
The hospital will not allow guests under eighteen inside. As well as allowing patients that are minors to have both parents with them.
“As we’ve seen as this Coronavirus develops there is more and more community spread and we’re trying to prevent," says Ty Jones, Marketing Director at NEA Baptist. "Patients who need training before discharge will get that one visitor as well as patients who are having out-patient procedures and surgeries.”