Island Health is limiting the number of visitors entering its facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One adult caregiver or support person is allowed per day at the following: hospital emergency departments, critical care areas, perinatal units, inpatient areas — along with the additional precautions in place — primary and urgent care area and outpatient clinics.
Two adult caregivers or support persons are allowed per day in inpatient pediatric and adult areas — along with routine precautions in place — and neonatal ICUs.
For palliative and end of life patients, Island Health will accommodate patient and family needs while consulting with Infection Prevention and Control.
Long-term care homes are limited to essential visits only.
Effective immediately, no visitor who is unwell — with any of these symptoms: fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, a sore throat and diarrhea — may visit any Island Health facilities.
Further, anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been in contact with a person infected with the virus, must not visit patients or residents in any Island Health facility or long-term care facility.
Patient navigators have been put in place at entrances of all facilities to ensure visitors are aware of the restrictions.