Thursday, February 29, 2024

Riverside changes visitation policy to prevent coronavirus spread

Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg/ (WYDaily/file photo)
Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg/ (WYDaily/file photo)

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the local area, Riverside Health system has changed restrictions to its visitation policy.

Riverside officials said they will not allow visitors into its facilities for routine visits nor team members in any of its five hospitals.

This includes:

  • Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News
  • Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg
  • Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester
  • Riverside Hospital in Tappahannock
  • Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock

There are a few exceptions to this new policy.

In both the emergency department, the mother-baby unit and the neonatal intensive care unit, only one person is allowed to accompany a patient.

Patients in end-of-life situations will work with hospital leadership and team members on a case-by-case basis.

All other patients should stay in touch with their families and loved ones through electronic communication, such as video chats and telephone calls.

At all of Riverside’s convalescent centers, rehabilitation facilities and assisted living residences, visitation will be limited to essential personnel only. Patients with extenuating circumstances should have visitors contact a facility administrator or nursing director.

For more information, visit Riverside online.


Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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