PHOENIX — Some Valley hospitals are no longer allowing visitors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The restrictions at Banner Health hospitals will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 19.
There are two exceptions to the no-visitor rule: patients under the age of 18 may have one adult visitor with them and laboring mothers may have one support person with them.
"We understand this will be challenging, but we’re committed to take the necessary precautions to protect our patients, health care workers and the community," Banner said in a statement.
Banner is encouraging phone calls and video chats to stay in touch.
It's unknown when visitors will be allowed back into Banner hospitals.
Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 20, visitors will not be allowed inside Abrazo Health hospitals.
“Exceptions may be made for certain patient groups, such as patients in labor, end-of-life and certain exceptions for discharge support. These will be managed through each facility’s leadership team,” Abrazo officials said in a statement.
Entrances to hospitals will also be limited, and those entering will be screened and have their temperature checked.
HonorHealth is restricting visitors at its John C. Lincoln, Deer Valley, and Scottsdale Osborn, Shea and Thompson Peak facilities.
No visitors will be allowed in the Emergency Department or the inpatient hospital rooms. NICU/Pediatric areas will be restricted to one parent and no children. Parent will be screened and badged. Labor and Delivery will be restricted to one visitor only, and the visitor will be screened and badged. Antepartum – no visitors will be allowed.
The number of entrances has also been reduced.
Effective Thursday, March 19 at 7 a.m., visitation at Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona will be restricted to only one visitor for emergency department, labor and delivery, nursery ICU, and trauma patients. For safety purposes, no other visitors will be permitted.