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Avita has expanded patient visitation at their hospitals, clinics, and medical offices effective this past Monday, March 22.

Avita temporarily stopped patient visitation in March 2020 and re-opened visitation in a limited capacity in June. Avita has now expanded the visitation policy to allow 2 visitors at a time, maximum of 6 per day for patients in the following units: medical/surgical, intensive care unit, emergency department, and maternity. For surgery and medical offices, Avita is allowing 2 visitors at a time, maximum of 2 per day.

Visiting hours for hospital patients is 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Overnight visitation is not permitted. Visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted. Patients who test positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted a visitor unless receiving end-of-life care.

All visitors are required to wear a medical-grade mask, provided upon entry, for the duration of their visit and will undergo temperature screening. Hospital entrances are still limited as follows:

  • Bucyrus Hospital: All patients and visitors should enter through the Emergency Room.
  • Galion Hospital: Emergency Room patients and their visitors should enter through the Emergency Room doors. The main entrance is open from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM  for all other patients and visitors. After 5:30 PM, the Emergency Room entrance must be used by all.
  • Ontario Hospital: The Main/Emergency Room entrance is open at all times. Physician clinic patients and visitors should enter through the East entrance from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Avita Heart patients may use the West entrance between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

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