Monument Health hospitals allowing visitors again


RAPID CITY (AP) – All five Monument Health hospitals are allowing visitors once again. Opening the hospitals to visitors beginning Monday is part of a phased-in approach for the health care provider which began allowing one visitor per patient at the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City last Monday.

As for the hospitals, bedside visiting and accompanying someone for emergency care, surgery or other procedures is now permitted, KOTA-TV reported.

Monument Health chief medical officer, Brad Archar, says they recognize the benefit of having someone with you when you're ill, but also know it's vital to keep COVID-19 out of the hospitals. The facilities are located in Custer, Lead-Deadwood, Rapid City, Spearfish and Sturgis.

Visiting hours at the hospitals are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with patients limited to one visitor at a time and two visitors in a 24-hour period. All visitors must wear face coverings and children under age 16 may visit a hospitalized parent or guardian if accompanied by an adult.

Future phases, such as allowing visitors in clinics, will be reassessed following the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the health care provider said.

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