Tomah Health reduces visitor restrictions

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Tomah Health will allow patients at its facilities one visitor beginning Jan. 18 after two months of restrictions due to COVID-19 cases in the area.

Visitors must be over age 18 and will be allowed in the hospital’s Emergency Services, Urgent Care and Surgical Services departments, as well as the Warrens Clinic.

Tomah Health Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Myhre said with local numbers stabilizing and vaccinations underway, it is an “appropriate” move.

She said patients hospitalized for COVID-19, or those seen in Emergency Services or Urgent Care for coronavirus symptoms, are not permitted visitors. Restrictions will remain in place for the hospital’s Specialty Clinic and Rehabilitation Services Department, which includes Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy services.

One visitor over 18 is still allowed in the Acute Care Dept. or inpatient area of the hospital during a 24-hour period, as well as for Obstetric (OB) patients having an OB ultrasound and at the hospital’s Hospice Touch and Life Choices Palliative Care facility at 601 Straw St., in Tomah.

All patients and visitors must wear a face covering on hospital premises.

“Everyone should continue taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and their loved ones so that we don’t see another spike of cases. We will monitor and make further adjustments as the pandemic continues,” Myhre said.