Island Health is limiting the number of visitors entering its facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One adult caregiver or support person is allowed at the following: hospital emergency departments, crtical care areas, perinatal units, inpatient areas — along with the additional precautions in place — primary and urgent care area and outpatient clinics.
Two adult caregivers or support persons are allowed in inpatient pediatric and adult areas — along with routine precautions in place — neonatal ICUs and long term care homes.
For palliative and end of life patients, Island Health will accommodate patient and family needs while consulting with Infection Prevention and Control.
Effective immediately, no visitor who is unwell — with any of these symptoms: fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, a sore throat and diarrhea — may visit any Island Health facilities.
Further, anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been in contact with a person infected with the virus, must not visit patients or residents in any Island Health facility or long-term care facility.
Patient navigators have been put in place at entrances of all facilities to ensure visitors are aware of the restrictions.