SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium implements updated visitation guidelines due to COVID-19 surge in Sitka. Effective immediately, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) announced they are implementing more restrictive visitor guidelines in response to the current surge of COVID-19 cases in all Sitka facilities to ensure the safety of their patients, visitors, employees, and physicians. At this time, patient visitors are only allowed with following exceptions:
- End of Life Care will be addressed on a case-by-case basis
- One Parent/Guardian to accompany a minor
- One Family member/Guardian to assist with the care of an elder or disabled individual
- One support person for laboring and post-partum mothers
All visitors will be screened daily. An initial COVID test will be performed and repeated every 72 hours. . In the event the visitor screens positive, they will not be allowed entry into the facility. SEARHC requires all visitors to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors must wear masks at all times during the visit and adhere to physical distancing when possible. Emergency Department visitors will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. SEARHC also recommends minimizing entering and exiting the building and following hand hygiene frequently. For additional details and information, including visitation hours, please click here.