PHOENIX (KVOA) – With the increase of COVID-19 cases in Arizona, Banner Health has reinstated its ‘no visitor’ policy at all Arizona locations.
Banner made the change at its Tucson locations on Nov. 18.
Now, the policy will go into effect at 6 p.m. on Sunday at all Banner Health locations.
Currently, there are four exceptions to the ‘no visitor’ policy:
- Pediatric patients (under the age of 18) may have one guardian or support individual with them.
- Laboring mothers may have one support person with them. Doulas will also be permitted but must leave after the birth.
- Persons with disabilities who, due to the specifics of the disability, require assistance from someone in order to effectively participate in the health care process will be allowed to designate a support person to accompany them while in any Banner facility.
- End of life visitations will be accommodated.
In addition, everyone who enters a Banner Health facility must go through a health screening process. This is to ensure they are not exhibiting symptoms of the respiratory virus, the hospital said.
Visitors are also required to wear a mask at all times while inside Banner facilities.