York Hospital prohibits visitors in response to rising COVID-19 cases

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

In response to increased COVID-19 cases, York Hospital banned most visitors Tuesday,  a return to restrictions imposed in August, officials said.

As of noon Tuesday, York County had 238 new cases of COVID-19, breaking the previous daily record of 146 new cases, the state Department of Health reported.

York Hospital Monday, April 6, 2020. Bill Kalina photo

All visitations to the hospital are prohibited except for people seeing end-of-life patients, patients in labor, those in the neonatal intensive care unit and some patients who are minors or are mentally handicapped, said WellSpan spokesperson Ryan Coyle.

"There are certain clinical exceptions," Coyle said.

WellSpan officials said last week that they expect a third wave of the virus to hit in early 2021 — based on model projections — which would coincide with flu season.

"Whether or not all of our health facilities in the region will have the capacity to deal with both is a question," WellSpan Health President Roxanna Gapstur said.

Signs at the entrances of the WellSpan York Hospital complex highlight the continued issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

The most recent visitation policy from rival health system UPMC, published Aug. 31, also prohibits visitors, with a few targeted exceptions for some patients.

UPMC officials were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Statewide, the COVID-19 case total hit 275,513 Tuesday, a record increase of 5,900. About 68% of patients have recovered. There were also 30 new deaths. The death toll now stands at 9,355.

There was one new death in York County, bringing the local death toll to 224.

About 6,100 of the total deaths have occurred in residents from nursing and personal care homes, state officials said.

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