As anyone who has wanted to visit with, or accompany a friend or family member in the hospital knows, it's been a very difficult few months. Now, some restrictions are being eased.

As reported by 23 WIFR NewsMercyHealth is easing visitor guidelines now that its hospitals have resumed elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities.

New guidelines:

  •  Adult patients: one designated visitor per day, upon approval
  •  Pediatric patients (inpatient): two designated visitors upon approval
  •  Women in labor: one designated visitor, upon approval
  •  Adult patients undergoing surgery/procedure: one designated visitor, upon approval
  • Emergency Room: one designated visitor, upon approval
  • Exceptions may be made during special circumstances, including end of life.

MercyHealth will return to its visiting hour schedule, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week. All visitors must screen negative for fever and be asymptomatic of flu-like and other respiratory-related symptoms, wear a mask and practice social distancing.

At SwedishAmerican, their visiting hours are 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, within these guidelines:

  •  must screen negative for fever and be asymptomatic of COVID-19 related symptoms
  •  wear a mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth
  •  practice social distancing (remain 6 feet from others)
  •  wash hands when entering and exiting patient care areas
  •  leave the facility as soon as the visit is over
  •  may be asked to leave if social distancing cannot be maintained or if expectations are not being followed.