Intermountain Healthcare enacts strict visitation policies amid coronavirus fears

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SALT LAKE CITY — Intermountain Healthcare is enacting tight visitor restrictions as the international crisis surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, continues.

The restrictions take effect Monday. No visitors will be allowed to see patients housed at Intermountain facilities who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or may have the disease, the company tweeted Sunday.

Anyone who is sick is asked not to visit a patient. People who are sick should only visit an Intermountain facility to seek care for themselves, the company said.

A maximum of two visitors or companions of a patient will be allowed to visit that patient at any given time. Visitors under age 18 are strongly discouraged.

“This restriction is being put in place for the safety of you, our patients, caregivers and community,” the company wrote.

Visitors are asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after leaving a patient’s room, exam room or any Intermountain facility. People can speak with a nurse or receptionist about special exceptions and expectations, the company said.

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