Update to visitor restrictions in Eastern Zone (Feb. 23)

Visitor restrictions are in place at Nova Scotia Health facilities across the province to further reduce the risk of the virus being introduced or spread within its facilities.

Due to COVID activity/staffing requirements, inpatients at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital in Sherbrooke, have not been able to receive visitors. Effective today, Wednesday, Feb. 23, St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital’s visitor restrictions are updated to the following:

Inpatients:
• Hospital inpatients can have one consistent fully vaccinated designated support person/family caregiver. This includes patients in emergency departments. However, patients and clients with COVID-19 will not be permitted to have visitors unless needed for the patient’s care due to physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional conditions.
• Children under 19 admitted to hospital and critically ill patients in emergency departments are permitted to have two designated support people, with only one permitted to visit at a time. Exceptions may also be made for palliative patients, patients receiving Medical Assistance in Dying and others nearing the end of life in consultation with their care team.

Outpatients:
• Patients and clients coming to the hospital for clinics, appointments, tests or procedures, including prenatal visits/ultrasounds are asked to come alone unless they need support to receive care due to physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional conditions and/or require a substitute decision-maker. Exceptions will also be made for children and youth under 19. These patients are asked to bring a fully vaccinated support person.

For more information on visitor restrictions during COVID-19, visit http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus-home/nova-scotia-health-visitor-restr....