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Cleveland Clinic relaxes hospital visitor policy

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The Cleveland Clinic is changing its visiting policy starting Tuesday to return to pre-pandemic guidelines.

“We’re back to full visits, pre-pandemic,” said Leslie Jurecko, Cleveland Clinic’s chief safety, quality and experience officer.

This means that there are no more restrictions on the visiting policy at Clinique Clinique.

It’s a relief for patients battling illness and injury, some of whom are confined to a bed and need whatever comfort or support they can get from a loved one.

Just a year ago, many had to fight on their own.

“At one point we went to almost zero visitors unless it was a very critical time,” Jurecko said.

Now, however, the policy allows as many visitors as a patient wants.

It’s a decision Jurecko said the staff have wanted to make for a long time.

“Our family members, our friends, our neighbors are such an essential part of the healing process that we would like lots of people around the bed,” Jurecko said. “So we really feel like they amplify the experience, and it’s important to know how much we appreciate each and every member of our community who comes to visit patients.”

This is also why the clinic is extending visiting hours.

They are now open 24/7 for visitors who work irregular hours or have difficult schedules.

So is this the beginning of the end for the virus? Not enough.

Visitors and staff members must always mask up and the visiting policy could easily change depending on the number of hospitalizations and the spread of COVID in the community.

However, Jurecko said the loosening of guidelines shows healthcare professionals know this virus better than ever and that the benefits of having visitors, for now, outweigh the risks.