Hospital limits number of visitors due to increase of COVID-19 cases

Exceptions made for designated caregivers, partners of patients in BirthPlace; visitors to be screened, sign attestation form



The Pullman Regional Hospital is limiting the amount of visitors allowed in the building.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen editor-in-chief

Pullman Regional Hospital announced Tuesday that visitors cannot enter the facility until further notice, with a few exceptions in place.

Megan Guido, PRH chief marketing and community relations officer, said it is necessary to limit the number of visitors in the hospital because of the spike of positive COVID-19 cases in Whitman County.

As of Wednesday, the county has a total of 618 positive COVID-19 cases, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center.

“It’s our responsibility to take care of our patients and staff,” Guido said. “It’s not an easy decision to make at all … and we’re going to be evaluating it on a regular basis.”

Guido said PRH is making a few exceptions for certain visitors.

Designated caregivers can visit the hospital to assist patients, she said. PRH BirthPlace patients may have designated visitors during their stay. This includes a spouse or partner and another support person.

If it is not necessary for visitors to be present, PRH staff may ask them to wait in their cars. Guido said all safety measures are in place to reduce as much contact between people in the hospital.

Visitors have to sign an attestation form and wear masks at the hospital, Guido said. There are markings on the floor to help people practice social distancing.

“We appreciate people’s patience and understanding during this difficult time,” she said. “We want people to know that it’s in the interest of safety for them — the patients and our staff — and it’s not forever.”