SALT LAKE CITY – Beginning Tuesday, January 18, overnight visitors to Intermountain Health Care Centers will be limited to pediatric patients, laboring and postpartum mothers, patients with dementia, critically ill patients or end-of-life patients.
The change is in response to the increasing volume of patients due to the omicron variant of COVID-19.
A particular concern for Intermountain carers is an overnight visitor who can sleep without their mask. The new night visitor limitations will fix this problem.
Laboring mothers in the Women’s and Newborn Unit are entitled to an overnight visitor during labour.
Initially, postpartum mothers were not allowed to have overnight visitors. However, Lindsay Aerts of KSL NewsRadio reported on a significant adjustment made by IMHC. Hospitals will allow postpartum mothers to have an overnight visitor.
Other Intermountain guidelines include the following:
- all visitors must wear a mask at all times, in all areas, both in hospitals and clinics,
- visitors must always wear their mask in the presence of a carer,
- one designated visitor per day is recommended as an outpatient,
- one designated visitor per day is recommended for day surgery patients (to accompany an adult or pediatric patient)
- two designated visitors to the emergency department can enter and exit the patient’s room.
Finally, Intermountain asks that patients come alone during their visits to their clinics or to bring only the necessary people for their visit. They ask that, where possible, patients make arrangements for child care and leave children at home.
Here are the complete guidelines for visiting the Intermountain facilities.
How to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus (January 2022 update)
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads from person to person like the common cold and flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:
- To have vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, do your booster.
- Wear a hide. Here are the current CDC recommendations (as of January 12, 2022):
- People aged 2 and over who are not vaccinated must wear a face covering when indoors.
- Outdoors, masks are generally not necessary unless you are in a crowded environment.
- Even if vaccinated, people with weakened immune systems may still be at risk and should wear a mask indoors.
- Masks should be worn indoors in public in high transmission areas.
- Masks that cover your nose and mouth should be worn on airplanes, buses, trains, and other public transportation when traveling to, within, or outside the United States.
- Stay six feet away from others (social distancing) especially if you are high risk.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Test. There are several types of tests you can use if you think you might be sick. These include viral and antibody tests, carried out by others or by yourself at home (self-tests).
- If you test positive, you should self-isolate. The CDC now recommends a five-day isolation period, followed by five days of mask-wearing around other people.
Utah Coronavirus Information
Utah State Board of Education
Utah Hospital Association
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707
Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention
Frequently Asked Questions, World Health Organization
Cases in the United States