Eastern Health Provides Update on Visitor Restrictions at Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion

September 13, 2021 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health advises the public that visitation continues to be temporarily suspended at Unit 2 South at Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion while general visitation is now open to the remainder of the facility. Visitor restrictions were originally implemented on September 9 following a case of COVID-19 identified in the Eastern Health region and contact tracing is now complete.

During visitor restrictions, in certain exceptional circumstances when determined by the health-care team, residents may be permitted one essential visitor/support person while visitor restrictions are in place, consistent with Eastern Health’s Family Presence and General Visitation policy. Palliative care and end-of-life visitation should also be discussed with the health-care team.

Eastern Health continues to be diligent in its management of this public health emergency. Enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented and infection prevention and control protocols are being followed.

Visitor restrictions during the pandemic have been critically important to the safety of our residents, patients, staff and physicians. For more information about visitation guidelines, please visit the Visiting During the COVID-19 Pandemic webpage via  https://www.easternhealth.ca/covid19/visiting-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Eastern Health also reminds visitors that masks continue to be mandatory at all Eastern Health facilities, sites and clinics; during home visits from Eastern Health staff; as well as in congregate living facilities for seniors and within personal care homes and long-term care facilities. The provided mask must be worn throughout the duration of the visitor’s time in our hospitals and other health-care facilities, including while visiting patient/resident rooms. This is a necessary precaution to keep people safe while in our health-care facilities. Wearing masks is one of the key strategies in preventing the spread of infection, and is especially critical within health-care settings to protect patients, clients and residents as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

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