Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18)—The hospital in Lexington is updating its visitor restriction policy in response to the growing prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.
Starting Tuesday, Baptist Health Lexington, San Jose Health Hospital and UK HealthCare will implement the following changes:
- Visiting hours are 7:30 am to 5 pm daily.
- Every visitor must wear a mask at all times in the hospital (including the patient’s room).
- No overnight visitors are allowed.
- Before entering the facility, all visitors will be screened to understand their history of exposure to COVID-1
- A valid ID must be provided.
The new visitation restrictions affect Lexington Baptist Health Center, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, East St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Albert Chandler Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dr. Mark Newman, Executive Vice President of Health Affairs at the University of Kentucky, said: “As we seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask you to cooperate and assist in complying with these restrictions.” In making these decisions, our greatest Attention and priority are the common interests of patients, employees and the community. “
Although visitor restrictions may be slightly different for each hospital, they all require screening, and anyone entering the building must wear a mask and maintain good hand hygiene.
Patients and visitors are required to limit the number of personal items they carry with them to items that can only take care of themselves. Visitors are required to leave the hospital after the visit and not to spend time in public places (such as lobby, waiting area, cafeteria, and vending area).
“We need your help to slow the spread of the virus in the community. Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and avoid gatherings,” said Dr. Mark Dougherty, an epidemiologist at Lexington Baptist Hospital. “If you come to any hospital with a patient, you must always wear a mask.”
For information about specific hospital policies, please visit their website: