CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The Medical University of South Carolina has announced it is moving into ‘Emergency Operations’ status due to the rising number of COVID-19 patients.
The following visitation precautions are now in place:
- Waiting rooms are closed
- Outpatients and inpatients can only have one individual accompanying them at one time
Patients under 18 are allowed to have two parents at the bedside (inpatient) or accompanying them (outpatient) at one time.
It will also be required to wear a mask indoors throughout MUSC Health facilities.
The latest change comes amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state. On Friday, SCDHEC reported 8,882 cases new cases of COVID-19 and a 25.6% positive rate.
Today, DHEC announced 8882 new cases of COVID-19 (6319 confirmed, 2563 probable), 19 new deaths (14 confirmed, 5 probable), and a percent positive of 25.6%. See today’s updated COVID-19 and vaccine data at https://t.co/F8sW0mdniu.— SCDHEC (@scdhec) December 31, 2021
MUSC’s main hospital has a total of 27 COVID-19 patients of which about 25% are vaccinated. 13 of those patients are in the ICU and 7 are on ventilators.
MUSC’s pediatrics unit currently has 6 acute COVID-19 cases with 2 of those patients being in the ICU.
Full details on the revised visitation policy at MUSC can be found here.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare also announced this week that masks will be mandatory at all times in all facilities.
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