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Beacon Health System relaxes visitor restrictions

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Beacon Health System announced Monday that is it relaxing its visitor restrictions that were put in place mid-March due to COVID-19 concerns. All four of Beacon’s hospitals in the Michiana area are affected by the decision.

Memorial Hospital, Elkhart General Hospital, Community Hospital of Bremen, and Beacon Granger Hospital are now allowing most patients to have two visitors 18 and older.

The patients must not be being treated for the virus nor be under investigation of having it, and the visitors must be in good health as well.

Visitors must wear a mask at all times inside the hospital and will be provided one if needed.

A screening questionnaire must be answered at the door by visitors, but temperature checks are no longer being taken.

“We’re definitely not out of the woods,” said Dr. Dale Patterson, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Memorial Hospital. “We’re really happy to be able to let some people back into the hospital to visit. We know it will be good for our patients and it will be good for the families, but we want to do it safely."

Certain units or departments may have more restrictive guidelines and Emergency Departments may not be able to accommodate visitors.

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