Memorial Health System Changes Policy Due to Rising Covid Count


MARIETTA, Ohio. (WTAP) – In response to the local increase in Covid in recent weeks, Memorial Health System has implemented some changes.

One of the first visual changes you’ll see at Memorial Health System is that everyone will be masked, including those who are fully immunized. This also applies to the staff.

In their hospitals, other changes include that no visitors are allowed to visit Covid-positive patients and only one visitor is allowed at a time for inpatients. However, there are exceptions for pediatric, maternity, labor and delivery and surgical patients.

Additionally, visitors will not be allowed to congregate in waiting areas, unless they are waiting for patients for surgery or other procedures.

When it comes to off-site locations like Physicians Care Express and other clinics, patients may be accompanied by a visitor, but visitors will not be allowed to congregate in waiting areas.

CEO Scott Cantley said: “We are seeing, like the rest of the country, but particularly this region, West Virginia and Ohio, a return to the major admission levels that we saw a year or so ago. 10 months ago in the fall and winter of last year.

Cantley said hospitals will continue to recommend but not require vaccines for staff. At this time, he does not anticipate that the FDA’s approval of Pfizer will result in any further policy changes.

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