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COVID-19 - visitation changes, vaccine update

Visitation Guidelines

Due to the record numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, we once again will be tightening visitor restrictions, beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday. To ensure a safe care environment, University Hospital will not permit visitors with the exception of individuals deemed necessary to the patient’s care.

Visitors deemed necessary to the patient’s care include:

  • 1-2 parents or guardians for pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients

  • 1 support person for labor & delivery/postpartum patients

  • 1 support person for patients with disabilities or impairments warranting assistance

  • 1 support person/driver for patients in outpatient surgery and outpatient clinics

  • 2 support people for critically ill patients who may be at end of life

  • Good-bye visit from a military member being deployed (with military ID)

Visitors must be 14 and older and meet screening criteria.

Vaccinations

In all locations, as of Monday, Jan. 11, University Health has given 23,880 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

All available appointments for the initial Phase 1B drive at Wonderland of the Americas are full. Registration for new appointments is still closed and we do not have a wait list. We recommend people subscribe to our eNewsletter at www.HealthFocusSA.net or download our app to be notified when appointments are once again open.

On Monday, Jan. 11 we began administering the Pfizer vaccine to Phase 1B community members who had pre-registered. People who received the Moderna vaccine last week will receive the Moderna vaccine as their second dose the week of Feb. 1. They received their appointment times for that second shot when they came in for their first.

We are concerned with the increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the city. We have surpassed the summer surge peak, and ICU patient numbers are approaching that peak, so continuing to practice masking, distancing and limiting contact outside one’s own household is extremely important.
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