WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital updates visitation guidelines in Belmont County

BARNESVILLE — WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital has updated its visitation guidelines in light of increasing cases of COVID-19.

The updated visitor policy became effective Wednesday. All patients and visitors will be screened upon entering the building and will be required to wear a mask throughout their visit.

The new visitation guidelines are as follows:

∫ Emergency


No visitors are permitted in the Emergency Department.

Limited exceptions will be made for end-of-life cases and pediatrics.

∫ Inpatient Units

One approved visitor/adult per patient per day from noon to 7 p.m.

∫ Peri-Operative/

Procedural Registration

One approved visitor is permitted with the patient for registration and prior to the procedure, if space allows for social distancing.

∫ Diagnostics


Visitors are not permitted for adult outpatient diagnostic visits.

One approved visitor is permitted for pediatric diagnostics.

∫ Outpatient


Visitors are not permitted for adult outpatient appointments.

One (1) approved visitor is permitted for pediatric appointments.

∫ COVID-19 Positive Patients

Visitors for COVID-19 positive patients will be restricted unless prior approval is granted.

After hours and weekend building access will be restricted to the Emergency Department entrance from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday-Thursday and from 3 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Exceptions to the visitation guidelines will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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