Effective Thursday, Aug. 12, Kootenai Health will tighten visitor restrictions to help reduce patient and staff exposure to COVID-19.
Each non-COVID patient will be permitted one visitor per day. Visitors must be healthy and well. Each visitor must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth while on the Kootenai Health campus. No visitors younger than 18 will be permitted, except in end-of-life situations.
Visitor restrictions are going into effect as the hospital continues to see high numbers of COVID-19 patients. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, Kootenai Health had 69 COVID-19 patients total, with 28 requiring critical care.
Patients will be allowed one visitor per day in inpatient areas and the emergency department, unless the patient is COVID-positive or waiting on a COVID test result.
For patients who require a caregiver to communicate and/or make health care decisions, the caregiver will be considered the one allowed visitor.
- Family Birth Center mothers may also have a certified doula
- Pediatric patients 17 and younger, including NICU patients, may be accompanied by two parents or guardians
- Patients who are in end-of-life care may have four visitors in a 24-hour period, two visitors at a time
- Behavioral Health patients will be allowed visitation through technology
In addition to visitor restrictions, the Kootenai Health COVID Testing Center will extend its hours.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 13, testing center hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You must have an order from a health care provider to be tested.
The current vaccination rate for Kootenai County residents ages 12 and older is 42.6%. For the Kootenai Health COVID-19 Testing Center, the positivity rate is now 23.5%, up from 6% just three weeks ago because of the higher transmissibility of the COVID-19 delta variant.