No-visitation policy back in effect at TidalHealth Nanticoke Saturday

SEAFORD — In response to a spike in new COVID-19 cases in Western Sussex County, TidalHealth Nanticoke will return to a no-visitation policy, beginning Saturday.

Western Sussex County is home to a larger at-risk population, including a higher number of those age 65 and older, compared to other parts of the state.

In addition to the increase in new cases in Western Sussex, TidalHealth Nanticoke has likewise seen an increase in hospital admissions of COVID-positive patients, Tidal Health Director of Strategic Communications Sharon Harrington said.

The COVID-19 Patient Safety/Visitation Policy will be routinely re-evaluated to determine when visitation will again be allowed, according to Ms. Harrington,

For patients of TidalHealth Nanticoke only, changes include:

• No visitation for any patients admitted to the hospital in Seaford. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for events such as end of life.

• No pediatric patients will be admitted. All pediatric patients will be diverted to A.I. Dupont/Nemours Hospital for Children in Wilmington.

• Patients in the Emergency Department may have one support person only with them while in the E.D. This person must consistently remain with the patient and will not be permitted to leave and return to the patient room. If the patient is admitted to the hospital, the patient falls under the no-visitation policy and the support person must leave the hospital.

• Labor and Delivery will be restricted to one support person and one doula or health care professional during delivery and one support person during post-partum care.

• Outpatient and elective surgery patients are allowed one support person; masking and social distancing required.

• Outpatient lab or radiology testing will continue to be available at TidalHealth Nanticoke as well as satellite locations. For a list of all locations visit mytidalhealth.org.

• All TidalHealth primary care, specialty practices and immediate care centers remain open for patient appointments. However, to better ensure the protection of patients and staff, no additional people will be allowed in the waiting rooms. Those who are driving patients to their appointments are being asked to continue the practice of waiting in their vehicles.

At present, there is no change to visitation at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury, Maryland. In the future, the TidalHealth will continue to adjust this policy based on COVID-19 virus prominence in and around the region.

TidalHealth encourages friends, family and loved ones to use electronic devices and applications (phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc.) to keep in contact with patients. For the safety of patients and staff, everyone entering the building will continue to be screened upon entry at the reception desk for cold, flu-like or respiratory symptoms, fever and asked a series of questions about international travel, recent contact with others who have been ill and if they are employed at a healthcare facility.

TidalHealth reminds the public the best protection against COVID-19 is to continue washing and sanitizing hands, using soap and water for 20 seconds and alcohol-based hand gel frequently.

For the latest information, visit www.mytidalhealth.org, call 211 or visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/ for up-to-date information and resources, including the latest information on COVID-19 including testing locations.


Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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