COVID-19 surge prompts new visitation policy at OLOL


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – Our Lady of the Lake is implementing a new visitation policy in light of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Beginning Sunday night at 8 p.m. visitors will be limited to OLOL hospital facilities except for extenuating circumstances, such as end-of-life care.

The changes will remain in place until further notice.

Visitation of patients, who are not COVID positive, will be limited to one visitor/advocate (18 years or older) who may remain at the bedside throughout your hospital stay.

All visiting hours end at 8 p.m., so if the designated visitor chooses to go home for the night, they may return the next morning when visiting hours begin at 8 am.

For patients admitted with COVID-19, one essential visitor/advocate will be allowed for 1 hour per day, at a time coordinated with the physician/nurse care team, except in end of life situations where extended times of visitation may be coordinated with the units Director of Nursing or the House Manager.

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital will allow two essential adult patient advocates to remain at the bedside for the entire stay.

“We are troubled by the trend in cases and hospitalizations throughout our community,” said Catherine O’Neal, MD, chief medical officer at Our Lady of the Lake. “We know how important the support of family and loved ones are to our patients while we care for them, but limiting visitation is important to protect our patients and our medical teams.”

Visitors who are allowed in the facility will be required to go through a screening process including a temperature check and answering symptom-related questions, including fever, body aches, fatigue, loss of smell/taste, and/or diarrhea. All visitors and patients will be required to wear masks upon entering and while inside our facilities.

Click here to read the visitation policy online.

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