Visitor Restrictions - COVID 19
WMH Visitor Restrictions - Updated 10/16/2020
Due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Chippewa County, WMH will again be restricting visitors within the hospital facilities, effective Friday, October 16th. Keeping our patients, staff and community safe and healthy is our top priority. War Memorial’s patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families to be present as part of the healing process. Making the decision to restrict visitation and limit family presence was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
Restricted visitation is in effect for every individual entering the building, including family and friends and those seeking care. These locations include, but are not limited to, all WMH inpatient and outpatient facilities in all locations.
All patients and visitors (except Emergency Department patients) will be required to enter through the main registration area (South/valet entrance or from the overhead walkway from the city parking structure). This entrance will be open Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. For access to emergency care, the WMH Emergency Department entrance will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The main entrance is closed on Sundays.
Exceptions to the visitor restrictions include:
- Parent or Guardian 21 years of age or younger
- Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA)
- Legal Guardian
- End of life, critical condition, or hospice care (pre-arranged)
- OB Delivery – 1 healthy support person
- OB Ultrasound – 1 healthy support person
Individuals entering the main building will be screened upon entry. After screening, all individuals are required to wear a mask. Anyone refusing to be screened or refusing to wear a mask will not be allowed to enter the facility.
WMH understands that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways to consider connecting. We encourage connecting digitally when possible to connect such as telephone, email, text or through Skype or Facebook.
WMH Statement on Aggressive Behavior
Our hospital is a healing environment. Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. We do not tolerate ANY forms of aggression. Incidents may result in removal from this facility and prosecution.
Examples of aggressive behavior include but are not limited to:
- Physical assault
- Verbal harassment & abusive language
- Sexual language directed at others
- Threats of any kind
- Refusing to wear a mask