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EIRMC children’s visitor policy clarified

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 10/26/21: In response to community input, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is revising the policy related to visitation by children, effectively immediately. 

  • Children age 13 and older are allowed to visit inpatients at EIRMC.
  • There are exceptions with greater latitude for certain units:
    • Siblings of newborns are allowed to visit the Women's Center, regardless of siblings’ age. 
    • Siblings of patients in the Peds/PICU unit are allowed to visit, regardless of siblings’ age. 
    • As has always been the case, children can visit during end-of-life situations.  

These policies also apply:

  • No more than two visitors at a time.
  • Visitor hours are 6:00 am – 8:00 pm.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including when visiting with their loved one.  They only exception is when eating or drinking.
  • Upon entry, visitors must confirm that they do not have symptoms commonly associated with COVID; that they are feeling well; and that they have not had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days. 

ORIGINAL: As is common during flu season, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is modifying its current visitor policy to restrict entry to adults only.  

Effective Wednesday, October 27, no visitors under age 18 are allowed. 

This applies to visitors only. It does not apply to children seeking medical care.

The following visitor policy also remains in effect:

  • No more than two visitors at a time.
  • Visitor hours are 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including when visiting with their loved one.  They only exception is when eating or drinking.
  • Upon entry, visitors must confirm that they do not have symptoms commonly associated with COVID; that they are feeling well; and that they have not had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days. 

EIRMC has a process to address unique circumstances, such as during end-of-life, that make visiting a loved one essential.  

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