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Intermountain Healthcare tightens visitation policy

PARK CITY, Utah — Intermountain Healthcare is temporarily tightening visitor guidelines in its hospitals and clinics beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The move is because of “increasing patient volumes and the prevalence of the Omicron variant.”

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“This will help further protect caregivers, keep patients safe, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Intermountain said.

Intermountain:

We have updated our policy to allow overnight visitors for only pediatric patients, laboring and postpartum mothers, and patients suffering from dementia or are critically ill or at end of life. Visiting hours are between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. This avoids visitors removing their masks while sleeping, which increases possible exposure to our caregivers.

All visitors must be masked at all times, in all areas in hospitals and clinics, including private patient rooms. When feasible, patients should have their masks on in the presence of a caregiver.

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