As COVID-19 numbers continue to decline in the region, member hospitals of the Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky — which includes Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper — will increase inpatient visitation this week.

Hospitalized patients will be able to receive two adult (age 18 or older) visitors per day. These visitors must screen for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, and then register when they arrive; the two designated visitors may see the patient together or separately throughout the day. Masking will be required for all visitors.

Current visitor restrictions for outpatient and emergency departments, NICUs, and patients in isolation, will remain in place at this time. Additionally, coalition member hospitals have specific processes in place for end-of-life visitation.

According to a press release, the decision to increase visitation for inpatients was made due to the encouraging reduction of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in the region. Hospitals have returned to normal operations, and with continued masking, social distancing, and the hospitals’ specialized infection prevention efforts, inpatients can safely receive additional comfort and care from loved ones.

Regional schools will soon have spring break, and the Easter holiday is approaching. If these events lead to increases in COVID-19 prevalence and hospitalizations, visitation policies may change again.

Hospitals will be increasing visitation at some point this week, and may have varying visiting hours, so check hospital websites or call ahead for specific details.