SSM Health St. Anthony Moves To Temporary 'No Visitor' Policy Due To COVID-19 Spike


Wednesday, November 18th 2020, 9:54 am
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -

SSM Health St. Anthony announced Wednesday it will temporarily be unable to allow visitors due to the continued spike of positive COVID-19 cases across the sate.

Officials said there will be some exceptions to the "no visitor" policy including labor and delivery, pediatrics and compassionate care.

"“As COVID-19 numbers increase in our state, we continue to treat patients at all levels of care across medical conditions, including COVID-19,” said Tammy Powell, president, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital. “As caregivers, we take seriously our duty to exhaust every measure in our toolkit to slow the spread of this virus. We have reached the point of community spread that we believe moving temporarily to a ‘no visitor’ policy is the most responsible course of action for our patients, employees and, ultimately, the larger community.”

Anyone that enters SSM Health St. Anthony will continue to be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering and are subject to screening, officials said.

“We look forward to a day when the curve has been flattened and we can welcome visitors into our facilities, and we will certainly be watching numbers and adjusting our policies accordingly as time marches on,” Powell said. “Until that point, we encourage Oklahomans to help us fight COVID-19 by wearing masks, washing their hands and keeping a safe distance from one another – we’re all in this together.”