T.J. Regional Health announced Monday that patients will be allowed one visitor or support person in all of its facilities, with the exception of COVID-19 patients and the Skilled Nursing Unit. The following guidelines and restrictions for visitors are in place until further notice:

Hospitals:

One visitor or support person per patient is allowed.

Please do not visit the hospital if you are sick.

All patients and visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the point of entry.

All patients and visitors are required to wear a mask. Visitors must supply their own masks.

Visitors must properly wear their face masks over their noses and mouths throughout the duration of their visits. Those who do not will be asked to leave.

Visitors must be 18 or older.

Visiting hours at T.J. Samson and T.J. Health Columbia will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. No overnight visitors are allowed. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis such as a parent staying with a pediatric patient or end-of-life situations.

Those who are visiting an inpatient at T.J. Samson must enter through the South Entrance. Those visiting an inpatient at T.J. Health Columbia will enter through the Emergency Department.

Visitors should remain in the room with the patient and should not go to common areas such as the cafeteria or waiting rooms.

Visitors are not allowed for patients in any COVID-19 unit or the Skilled Nursing Unit.

T.J. Health Pavilion and Clinics:

One visitor or support person per patient is allowed.

All patients and visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the point of entry.

All patients and visitors are required to wear masks. Visitors must supply their own masks.

Patients and visitors must properly wear their face masks over their noses and mouths throughout the duration of their visits. Those who do not will be asked to leave.

It is important to note that visitor restrictions are subject to change as COVID-19 continues to evolve.

“Having a loved one with you when you are sick or in the hospital is an important part of the healing process,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “We are pleased to be able to allow one person for most patients, and we will take every precaution to ensure their safety.”

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visitor guidelines and universal masking, please visit www.tjregionalhealth.org.

About T.J. Regional Health

T.J. Regional Health, the parent system of T.J. Samson Community Hospital and T.J. Health Columbia is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. In addition to two hospitals, the organization owns and operates the T.J. Health Pavilion, which provides outpatient care and physician offices as well as a Family Medicine Center and Residency Program, Home Care Services and numerous Rural Health Clinics in the South Central Kentucky region. For more information about the services offered at T.J. Regional Health, visit www.tjregionalhealth.org.

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