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Riverside temporarily restricting visitors in outpatient areas until further notice

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

Riverside Health System announced Thursday they are restricting outpatient setting visitation “to protect the health of patients, team members and the community amid the continued spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.”

Officials said no visitors may accompany outpatients, with these exceptions:

  • One visitor may accompany a patient who needs assistance getting to and from their car.
  • One visitor may accompany a patient who needs assistance understanding medical treatment.

Those people who are giving rides to patients but who do not wish to enter the building can call ahead to make arrangements for the patient to be transported from the car to the area of service, according to a news release from Riverside.

Those outpatient setting visitation changes are in addition to earlier restrictions to visitors in Riverside’s five hospitals.

No visitors may accompany hospital inpatients, with these exceptions:

  • One visitor may accompany a patient in the emergency department if needed for the patient to understand medical treatment.
  • One visitor may accompany a mother on the mother-baby unit.
  • One visitor may accompany a patient who is having surgery.
  • For visitors to patients who are at the end-of-life, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Inpatients will be encouraged to stay in touch with loved ones via video options, telephone or email, rather than in-person contact, officials said.

For more information about COVID-19 and Riverside Health System’s response, click here.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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