Knox County hospitals loosen visitation restrictions as COVID-19 statistics improve
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Hospitals in the Knox County region will loosen restrictions on visitors as COVID-19 statistics continue to improve.
Dr. Grey announced only 95 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the region on Wednesday as the number of cases continue to decline. Of those individuals hospitalized only 20 to 25 percent of the patients were in the ICU and 20 to 30 percent of ICU patients are on ventilators.
Dr. Keith Gray, Chief Medical Officer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center said hospitals will continue to screen visitors, but the policies are now more lenient than before.
All regional hospitals will open up visitations to two non-designated visitors as opposed to the one designated visitor policy that was previously in place.
The new policy will allow a patient to have up to two visitors at a time and the visitors do not have to be the same each day.
Individuals are advised to contact their local hospital to see when the new guidelines will be put in place.
“We realize the importance of having family members with their patients while they are in the hospital to help them navigate and recover from their illness,” Dr. Gray said.
According to Dr. Gray, hospitals across the region have resumed all elective surgeries.
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