“We call on everyone who is not yet vaccinated to take this important step today—to protect yourself, your family and the people around you.,” Said Janice E. Nevin, CharistianaCare CEO.
NEWARK (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Delaware COVID-19 infections have been on the rise for over a month now and health officials are blaming the spread on the Delta Variant and the unvaccinated Delaware populations.
Following a ChristianaCare vaccine mandate announcement earlier this month for all it’s employees, it’s no surprise a visitor mandate would follow and ChristianaCare says it’s due to increased community transmission.
According to a news release, “Due to increasing transmission rates of COVID-19 in the community, ChristianaCare is returning to limited visitation at its facilities and will also require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours for all visitors.”
The following patient visitation guidelines will go into effect Monday, August 23.
• Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be the same person for the entire day. Visitors must be age 16 or older.
• Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be age 16 or older.
• Visitors for inpatients and support people accompanying patients for surgery must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR have a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours. Fully vaccinated is defined as having completed their first and second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or their single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
• All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test. Digital and paper copies of a negative COVID-19 test will be accepted.
• All support persons/visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and are not permitted entry if they do not pass the screening.
• Individuals coming to the emergency department may have one support person accompany them; that person must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals admitted to the hospital from the emergency department may be permitted one visitor daily, but that visitor must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.
• Patients in Labor & Delivery may have two support people accompany them, one of whom may be a doula. Both support people must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Once admitted after delivery, patients may have one support person who must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the prior 72 hours.
• Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) may have two visitors, one of whom is a parent or guardian.
Visitors should allow extra time for the screening process. Visitors must remain masked at all times in our facilities, even if they are vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have been guided by data and science to ensure that we are taking the most appropriate steps to ensure safe care and a safe environment for our patients, visitors and caregivers,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, Ed.D., OTR/L, FACHE, ChristianaCare chief operating officer.
“The increased spread of COVID-19, driven especially by the delta variant and spread among people who are still unvaccinated, is creating significant challenges. It is vitally important that everyone in the community get vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
After the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine on Monday, Janice E. Nevin, CharistianaCare’s CEO said that it was another milestone in the battle against COVID-19.
“This is another milestone in our battle against COVID-19 and our fight to end this pandemic.
We’ve known for months now that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, as billions of people worldwide have been fully vaccinated, and serious side effects have been extremely rare. This final step in FDA approval for the first of the COVID-19 vaccines is a symbol of what we can achieve together and addresses the concerns of those who were reluctant to get vaccinated while it was under EUA. With the current surge from the delta variant and the unvaccinated, the vaccine represents hope.
No one is more hopeful for the end of this pandemic than our caregivers, who have been working to save lives and protect our community. This vaccine approval is another sign that this marathon could one day be over—the finish line is coming into focus.
To get there, and to win this marathon, we must work together. We must get enough people vaccinated—everywhere—until the virus has few opportunities left to spread. That is the way out of the pandemic.
We call on everyone who is not yet vaccinated to take this important step today—to protect yourself, your family and the people around you. Amid the challenges and hardships, the grief and suffering of the past year and a half, we have made incredible progress. In the face of the most significant global health crisis experienced in generations, humanity is gaining the upper hand—and we will triumph.”