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Lowell General Hospital Imposes Visitor Restrictions Due To Rising COVID-19 Cases

Lowell General Hospital (LGH)

Lowell, Mass. – With  COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations rising steadily across Greater Lowell, Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health have made the difficult decision to restrict visitors at all locations inpatient and outpatient locations, effective at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The following exceptions will be taken into account: end-of-life care, maternity patients, pediatric patients and other situations that are pre-approved by a patient’s care team. Lowell General had previously been allowing one support person for one hour per day.

“We know this decision will be difficult for families who have loved ones in our care, but at this time we feel it’s an important step to maintain a safe and healing environment for our patients,” said Jody White, President and CEO of Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health. “The health and safety of our patients and staff remain our highest priorities.”

Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health are well prepared to care for patients with this illness and to protect all other patients, as well as our healthcare providers and staff. We will continue to closely follow the latest data and guidance from federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Public Health and will adapt our COVID-19 response accordingly.

“We urge patients to stay engaged with their healthcare providers and to not delay care,” White said. “We ask our community to stand with us and slow the spread of this virus by masking, maintaining social distance, washing hands and avoiding large gatherings this holiday season.”
For the latest information our COVID-19 related policies and services, visit www.lowellgeneral.org/covid19.
 
About Lowell General Hospital
Lowell General Hospital is a not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. With two primary campuses located in Lowell, Massachusetts, the hospital offers the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients, from newborns to seniors. For more information about Lowell General Hospital and its services, visit lowellgeneral.org, follow on Twitter @LGHWELL and Like Lowell General Hospital on Facebook.

About Circle Health
Circle Health is a progressive collaboration of physicians, hospitals, other health providers and organizations with a shared vision for empowering people and communities to be healthier. Through innovative programs and a collaborative approach to care management – called Complete connected careSM – Circle Health supports communities with a comprehensive range of services and provides individuals easy access to the expertise and resources to achieve the best possible health throughout their lives. Circle Health is a not-for-profit company and headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts. For more information, visit circle-health.org.
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