Med Center visitors, outpatients must be vaccinated or show negative virus test
By The Star Staff
Starting next Monday, visitors and outpatients will have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative result for a recent COVID-19 test to visit patients at the Río Piedras Medical Center, Medical Services Administration Director Jorge Matta González said Tuesday.
According to a statement, the changes in the visiting protocols come as a result of a new executive order signed by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia that requires all government employees to be duly vaccinated against COVID-19. The order also empowers public corporations to take similar measures to guarantee and protect the lives of all members of the public who visit them.
“We know that many come from afar to visit their families and we want them to be aware of the new regulations so that they do not waste time,” Matta González said. “We recognize the importance of family integration as part of the care of our patients; however, the priority at this time is to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The official urged individuals who are presenting symptoms not to go to medical facilities for appointments or to visit patients.
Since it is a hospital, officials have reinforced protective measures to avoid contagion, such as the use of surgical masks and social distancing.
“Since the end of June, cases of coronavirus have increased significantly at the island level, according to statistics from the Department of Health,” Matta González pointed out. “In addition, COVID-19 mutations have been detected worldwide, which are advancing rapidly among the unvaccinated and in those places where the restrictions according to the CDC have begun to be relaxed. So we cannot lower our guard in our facilities because we have to guarantee the health of patients.”
Currently, the visiting hours at the Trauma Hospital, from Monday to Friday, for intermediate units are from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the stabilizing unit will allow visits from noon to 12:30 p.m.. For intensive care units the hours are from noon to 1 p.m. For weekends, the reduced visiting hours are from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Emergency room visits are also allowed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.