The state’s largest hospital company is adjusting its policy for visiting pandemic patients.
On Monday morning, Intermountain Healthcare will announce changes to its guidelines for visiting COVID-19 patients in facilities across the state.
“If you have a dear person in the hospital with COVID, if you have had COVID before or have been vaccinated, we will allow you to enter and visit that person, and then you can come in and visit your loved one. Infected COVID-19,” said Eddie Stenehjem, an infectious disease doctor at Intermountain Healthcare. “The reason is that we know more and more about this vaccine, so we know that this vaccine can protect your safety and protect you from COVID-1
He said that tourists and patients still need to wear masks.
He added: “If you enter our hospital as a visitor, it is still your responsibility to ensure your safety.” “We don’t want you to take risks, but based on science, we do believe that if you have been vaccinated or you have been infected before COVID-19, then you can safely visit people with COVID as long as we continue to follow proper precautions in wearing masks.”
He said the guidelines will continue to evolve as people learn more and collect reliable data about the safety of patients and visitors.
Regarding the imminent suspension of the statewide mask mission on April 10, Stenehjem said that how individuals deal with the lifting of restrictions will mainly be a matter of personal responsibility.
He said: “In terms of community transmission, there will be no major differences between April 10, April 9 and April 2.” “(The best way) to protect the community, protect your neighbors, and protect your The people seen in the community wear masks. Wearing a mask is very simple. It doesn’t cost any money to enter the grocery store with a mask. This is the right choice.”
Meanwhile, the Utah Department of Health reported Saturday that the state has processed a total of 386,997 positive cases, including 447 new cases. To date, 1,481,363 vaccines have been vaccinated across the state, of which 31,100 were reported the day before.
The rolling average of positive tests for 7 consecutive days was 406 per day, while the rolling average of positive test results for the tested individuals for 7 consecutive days was 6.8%.
Currently in Utah, 132 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, and the total number of hospitalizations reported since the outbreak is 15,593.
One death was reported, bringing the total number of pandemics in the state to 2,132. The patient was a male resident of Utah County, aged 65-84, who was hospitalized when he died.