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Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health will change its visitation guidelines for all system facilities beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, to strengthen the health and well-being of its patients, employees and community in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the region.

“Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health remains committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the community while maintaining high-quality care. With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases to the levels of last February and April, we must once again revise the current visitor policy to best protect our patients, staff, and each other,” stated Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Chief Clinical Officer Michael R. Ripchinski, MD.

A summary of the updates to the visitation policy are:

  • One designated care companion will be permitted in both inpatient and outpatient settings, except under special circumstances.
  • Two visitors will be permitted for patients at the end of life.
  • Clergy visitation will be permitted only for patients at the end of life.

Health screenings will continue to be required at all entrances. Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health will continue to evaluate and update the visitation policy in consultation with our Infection Control team and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Health.

Detailed visitation guidelines are available on the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health website.



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