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Ochsner Lafayette General visitor policy changes due to uptick in COVID cases

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Jul 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-28 20:21:51-04

UPDATE (July 28, 2021): Ochsner Lafayette General has further modified its restricted visitor policy as it pertains to COVID-positive patients. The changes are effective Thursday, July 29, at 5 a.m. The changes effective on 7/29 are in bold below.

For COVID-19 patients:

  • One (1) visitor allowed between 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • For COVID-positive patients in the ICU, one (1) visitor will be allowed from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. only.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient's room at all times, wearing appropriate PPE, which will be provided to you.
  • Exceptions will be made for end of life.

The hospital's full visitor policy can be viewed here.

In response to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and case counts, starting at 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021, the Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center (OLGMC) visitor policy will go into effect.

Masking will continue to be strictly enforced for all employees, patients, and guests at all OLGMC hospital campuses and clinics where direct patient care is provided – regardless of vaccination status.

Visitors unwilling to comply with the masking policy will be asked to leave, with no exceptions. This is being done in alignment with all Ochsner Health divisions and the requirements set forth by the Louisiana Department of Health.

Ochsner's most up-to-date visitor policy is below:

Non-COVID Patient Type / Unique, Asymptomatic Visitors will have armband with date/sticker

Surgery Patients:
• Two (2) visitors for duration of stay.
• Visitors may or may not be able to wait in waiting areas due to social distancing limitations.
• Visitors should leave phone # to be contacted if waiting elsewhere.

Inpatient Units:
• Two (2) visitors per patient allowed between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Only one (1) visitor will be allowed to stay overnight.

ED patients:
• One (1) visitor who may or may not be able to wait in waiting areas due to social distancing limitations.
• Visitor should leave phone # to be contacted if waiting in car.

Labor/Delivery/Mother/Baby:
• Two (2) visitors allowed at one time (father counts as one of the two visitors)
• One midwife, doula or birthing/Lamaze coach may be present during labor.
• Only one (1) visitor will be allowed to stay overnight.

Pediatrics:
• Two (2) visitors per patient allowed between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Both will be allowed to stay overnight.

NICU:
• Two (2) visitors allowed for duration of patient’s stay.
• No visitors are allowed during the following hours: 6-8 a.m., 10-11 a.m. and 6-8 p.m.

ICU:
• Two (2) visitors per patient allowed only during ICU visiting hours.
• ICU visiting hours are 9-10 a.m., 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. only.

Clinics/Outpatients/Urgent Care Centers/Lab/Diagnostics:
• One (1) visitor allowed.

COVID-19 Patients

• One (1) visitor allowed between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Visitors must remain in the patient’s room at all times, wearing appropriate PPE, which will be provided to you.
• Exceptions will be made for end of life.

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OLG sees uptick in COVID cases, has plan in place for possible surge

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