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Aspirus adjusts visitor guidelines for emergency department

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- Aspirus health has announced adjustments to visitor guidelines for its emergency departments in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

One adult visitor or support person is allowed for an adult patient, two adult visitors are allowed for pediatric patients.

Other settings at Aspirus allow two adult visitors or support people at a time with the following exceptions:

  • Compassionate care: Exceptions can be made to allow additional visitors at the discretion of the care team during end-of-life, labor and delivery, and disability situations.
  • COVID-19 patients: Visitors not permitted with exceptions considered for pediatric patients and end-of-life situations.
  • Assisted Living Facilities/Nursing Homes: Aspirus locations follow the state regulations for visitation. Visitors and families are advised to call the facility directly to discuss.

"So we just ask for patience. We ask for understanding while we're trying to meet all the needs of our patients with the limited space that we have," Robin Rudie, Wausau Aspirus Hospital Emergency Department Director said.

She said they see an average of 100 patients a day in the Emergency Department and do not have the physical space in the waiting rooms to be able to allow two visitors and also social distance.

Visitors that are approved are required to wear a facemask, socially distance and be screened when entering Aspirus facilities.

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Ben Zitouni

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