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Tidelands Health, Conway, Grand Strand increase precautions amid surge in regional COVID-19 cases

MYRTLE BEACH — Tidelands Health is implementing tighter restrictions on visitors to its hospitals effective 8 a.m. July 30.

The health system is allowing one inpatient visitor between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and one overnight. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two adults.

The new regulations are in response to cases and hospitalizations in the region increasing dramatically, fueled by the Delta variant.

“We’ve reached a point with rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in our region that we must take these additional precautions to protect our patients, team members and community,” said Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs at Tidelands Health, in a press release. “We appreciate the community’s understanding as we all double down on our efforts to stop this virus from spreading.”

At Conway Medical, their visitor restrictions went into effect Wednesday, July 28.

Conway is allowing one visitor per hospitalized patient, and additional visitors must wait outside of the facility until they are able to switch with the visiting family member.

Conway is making exceptions for laboring mothers, pediatric patients, and end-of-life situations.

No visitors are allowed at Conway Medical for COVID-19 patients in isolation, except under end-of-life or other special circumstances.

Visiting hours at Conway Medical are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Grand Strand Health's visitor policy posted allows one visitor for each adult patient. Visitors may switch out, but additional persons must wait outside the facility.

Overnight guests at Grand Strand Health are permitted in limited situations and must be pre-approved.

As has been the policy throughout the pandemic, no visitors are permitted for positive COVID-19 patients or patients waiting for COVID-19 test results at Grand Strand.

Visitors to Tidelands are not allowed in the emergency department. Patients in the emergency department who require extra support or assistance may be accompanied by an adult patient support partner if approved by clinical staff.

Tidelands owns Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Tidelands said in a press release that exceptions may be made for end-of-life situations and other special circumstances.

Other rules include:

• Patients receiving outpatient services may be accompanied by one adult patient support partner.

• Patients at Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, may be visited by one adult patient support partner a day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“These additional measures are part of our ‘Safe in Our Care’ commitment to keep our patients and team members protected amid this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Harmon said in the release. “We will continue to closely watch the number of COVID-19 cases and adjust our visitor guidelines as needed.”

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