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Queen's Medical Center Punchbowl and West Oʻahu reinstate no visitor policy

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Sophia McCullough
The Queen's Medical Center - Punchbowl.

The Queen's Medical Center in Punchbowl and West Oʻahu returned to a no visitor policy as of Christmas afternoon.

There are only four exceptions to the policy as long as the visitor is not COVID-19 positive or under investigation for having the virus:

  1. The emergency department will allow one visitor to assist in the early care of the emergency patient.
  2. Families can visit patients in end-of-life care.
  3. Patients who have an appointment can be accompanied by one caregiver.
  4. Pediatric and obstetric visits — such as a parent visiting a newborn or a mother in labor requesting support.

Molokaʻi General Hospital and The Queen’s North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital will continue with a one visitor per patient policy.

Hospitals under Hawaiʻi Pacific Health (e.g. Straub Medical Center, Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children) allow two adult visitors per patient, excluding patients with COVID-19. Patients have the option to swap out visitors during a 24-hour period or see them at the same time. Visitors are required to fill out a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.

Adventist Health Castle in Kailua is allowing one visitor for pediatric, obstetric, and hospice — as long as they show proof of vaccination. Visitors are not allowed for other wards.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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