Coronavirus: St. Joe’s hospital in Hamilton implements no-visitor policy during COVID-19 pandemic

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is no longer allowing visitors to its Hamilton hospitals as of Friday morning as part of the facility’s fight against the spread of the new coronavirus.

“The policy is being introduced as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the public, patients, staff and physicians from the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus,” said St. Joe’s spokesperson Elaine Mitropoulos in a media release.

There are some limited exceptions, according to Mitropoulos, which include compassionate grounds for those who have connections to some palliative patients.

Other exceptions may be partners of women in labour and others with special needs.

The exceptions are to be determined by the hospital’s patient care team, according to the release.

St. Joe’s is recommending friends and family reach out to patients using free Wi-Fi, telephone and the hospital’s television services.

On Tuesday, St. Joe’s began COVID-19 screening protocols for staff, patients and visitors at its health-care facilities.

Those protocols are expected to continue, minus the now-banned visitors.

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