OakBend Medical Center is modifying its COVID-19 visitor policies. (Photo from Facebook)

OakBend Medical Center, which has locations at 1705 Jackson St. and 22003 Southwest Fwy. in Richmond, announced Thursday that the hospital is modifying its COVID-19 visitor policy to allow for more visitors.

The hospital will allow one adult visitor (at least 18 years old) per day per non-COVID, non-isolation patient as well as for those in the Labor and Delivery Unit and the emergency room. For patients in Labor and Delivery, one visitor can also stay overnight.

Patients under age 18 or those who are disabled, impaired or require medical assistance will be allowed one caretaker, according to the hospital, as will patients who are in OakBend’s Skilled Nursing Facility. Those who are in hospice care or end-of-life situations will be allowed to have two visitors for a brief period.

The hospital has been restricting visitors for the last several months to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but had begun allowing one adult visitor per patient per day in early January.

“We deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to keep our community healthy,” OakBend CEO Joe Freudenberger said in a news release.

OakBend also said there will be no visitors allowed for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, are in isolation or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

All visitors to OakBend Medical Center will be required to wear a mask and will be provided a surgical mask to wear throughout their visit upon entry. Visiting hours are from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

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