Lowell General Imposes Visitor Restrictions Due To Virus Surge

Christopher Huffaker
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LOWELL, MA — Lowell General Hospital imposed new visitor restrictions, Wednesday, due to the recent resurgence of the coronavirus in the area.

Visitors were restricted for all the hospital and Circle Health's inpatient and outpatient, at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The hospital will make exceptions for "end-of-life care, maternity patients, pediatric patients and other situations that are pre-approved by a patient’s care team."

Lowell General first imposed visitor limitations in March, and had been allowing one support person for one hour per day, for each patient.

“We know this decision will be difficult for families who have loved ones in our care, but at this time we feel it’s an important step to maintain a safe and healing environment for our patients,” CEO Jody White said. “The health and safety of our patients and staff remain our highest priorities.”

Several Merrimack Valley towns have reported surging cases in recent days. Lowell reported nearly 800 cases from Oct. 29 to Nov. 13, up nearly 300 from the week before. Andover reported 186 coronavirus cases, Wednesday, more than double the number just over a week ago, Nov. 9.

Tewksbury reported having more than 100 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases for the first time since the outbreak at the State Hospital, while Wilmington has more cases than it has had since the spring, when it had outbreaks at three nursing homes.

“We urge patients to stay engaged with their healthcare providers and to not delay care,” White said. “We ask our community to stand with us and slow the spread of this virus by masking, maintaining social distance, washing hands and avoiding large gatherings this holiday season.”

Christopher Huffaker can be reached at 412-265-8353 or chris.huffaker@patch.com.

This article originally appeared on the Tewksbury Patch