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University of Utah Health restricts visitors amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Mar. 25, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 25, 2020 at 3:41 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — In response to growing COVID-19 cases in Utah, visitors will no longer be allowed in any University of Utah Health facilities beginning Thursday.

University of Utah Health officials issued the new policy Wednesday, allowing for a few exceptions.

Two visitors at a time will be allowed to see those in end-of-life treatment or care with a one-hour time limit, the updated policy says. One support person can stay longer than one hour until the duration of the individual passing, the policy reads.

The hospital is “taking aggressive and proactive measures” to protect its community as well as limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Women giving birth are allowed to have one person with them. During the birth admission, both parents are allowed to stay with a well newborn.

One visitor is allowed for patients with “disruptive behavior, in which a family member is key to their care,” the policy reads.

Additionally, patients with mental or developmental delays are allowed to have one visitor.

Minors are allowed to have one visitor, parent or guardian per day, but that person must remain consistent. “No changing people,” the policy clarifies.

The policy will be reviewed and updated as needed, possibly to add more restrictive guidelines.

As of Wednesday, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Utah had risen to 346, up 48 from Tuesday.

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