WAUKESHA COUNTY, WI— ProHealth Care has updated mask requirements and to immediately put into place stricter rules for visitors amid a new surge of COVID-19 infections.
Medical-grade masks must be worn at all times by everyone who enters a ProHealth location. The acceptable options are a surgical mask or an N95 or KN95 mask.
"These masks are more effective than cloth face coverings in preventing the spread of the virus. ProHealth Care will provide a surgical mask for anyone who needs one,"ProHealth Care said.
The visitor restrictions are the following:
No visitors are allowed at ProHealth hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care locations and clinics.
Exceptions will be made to allow one person to accompany minors, people with disabilities, cancer patients and those at the end of life.
Labor and delivery patients at the hospitals can select one visitor, and a certified doula may also be present during labor and delivery.
Two parents or guardians may visit patients in the neonatal intensive care units.
In all cases, the visitors allowed by exception must be 18 or older and cannot change during a patient’s hospitalization.
They must also be free from symptoms of COVID-19.
Family members are encouraged to connect with hospitalized patients by phone or through video tools. Hospital staff can make tablets with video software available.
"ProHealth Care continues to strongly encourage vaccination for everyone 5 and older, and booster shots for those 12 and older. Vaccination appointments can be scheduled at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic by calling 262-928-5566 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone 18 or older can also schedule online at ProHealthCare.org/Vaccination," ProHealth Care said.