The state’s largest hospital company is adjusting its policies for visiting patients affected by a pandemic.
On Monday morning, Intermountain Healthcare will announce changes to the guidelines for visiting COVID-19 patients at its facilities across the state.
“If you have a loved one in the hospital with COVID, we will allow you to come and visit that person if you have previously had COVID yourself or been vaccinated, then you can come and visit your loved one who has COVID-19,” he said Intermountain Healthcare infectious disease physician Eddie Stenehjem. “The reason is that we just learned more and more about the vaccine, so we know that this vaccine keeps you safe and protects you from COVID-19.”
Visitors and patients will still need to wear masks, he said.
“If you come to our hospital as a visitor, it is still our responsibility to keep you safe,” he added. “We do not want to put you at risk, but based on science, we believe that if you have been vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19, it is safe to visit someone who has COVID as long as we continue to take proper precautions regarding the use of the mask “.
He said the guidelines will continue to evolve as more is learned and robust data is collected on patient and visitor safety.
Regarding the impending April 10 halt of the statewide mask mandate, Stenehjem said how people handle the lifting of restrictions will be primarily a matter of personal responsibility.
“There will be no major difference in terms of community broadcasting on April 10 versus April 9 and April 2,” he said. “(The best way) to protect the community, protect your neighbors, and protect the people you see in your community is to wear a mask. Wearing a mask is simple, it costs nothing, and going to a grocery store with a mask is the right thing to do. “
Meanwhile, the Utah Department of Health reported Saturday that the state recorded a total of 386,997 positive cases, including 447 new cases. So far, 1,481,363 total vaccinations have been administered statewide, including 31,100 more reported the day before.
The seven-day moving average of positive tests is 406 per day, and the seven-day moving average of positive test results among people who have been tested is 6.8%.
Currently in Utah, there are 132 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with the total hospitalizations reported since the outbreak began at 15,593.
One new death was reported, bringing the state’s pandemic total to 2,132. The patient was a Utah County resident between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when he died.