Tucson-area hospitals begin restricting visitors over coronavirus

Video chats, phone calls encouraged as way to stay engaged with loved ones

Tucson-area hospitals begin restricting visitors over coronavirus
Banner-University Medical Center - University Campus

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Banner Health and Tucson Medical Center are implementing new visitor restrictions to protect patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the news releases (below), the only visitors allowed in hospitals are one adult visitor for each pediatric patient and one support person for laboring mothers.

Read the full releases here:

Banner Health implementing new visitor restrictions

Restrictions to go into effect 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, at all Banner hospitals

PHOENIX (March 18, 2020) – To create a safe and secure environment for our patients and our health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors will no longer be allowed in Banner hospitals starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 19. We understand this will be challenging, but we’re committed to take the necessary precautions to protect our patients, health care workers and the community.

There are two exceptions to the visitor restriction:

  • Pediatric patients (under the age of 18) may have one adult visitor with them.
  • Laboring mothers may have one support person with them.

Because we understand the importance of engaging with loved ones, we highly encourage phone calls, FaceTime or video chats to stay in touch during this time.

Additional information and resources:

  • Visit Banner Health’s COVID-19 webpage for the more information about COVID-19 and changes at Banner Health due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Banner Health also has an online symptom checker for those who are concered about their symptoms.

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.

Tucson Medical Center implementing new visitor restrictions

At Tucson Medical Center, the safety and health of our staff and patients is of utmost importance. As such, we made the decision to change our hospital visitor policy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visitors will no longer be allowed in the hospital starting Thursday, March 19. These are two exceptions to this new policy:

  • One adult visitor can accompany a pediatric patient (under the age of 18)
  • One support person can accompany mothers in Labor & Delivery We realize this is a difficult time for patients and families. We appreciate your support, cooperation and understanding while we navigate this situation.

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