Steward Medical Group released the following statement Sept. 18 easing visitor restrictions at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas campuses in Beaumont and Port Arthur starting Sept. 21:
“The safety of our patients and staff is always our highest priority. As we continue to monitor our census and the lower numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area, both campuses of The Medical Center of Southeast Texas – Port Arthur and Beaumont – will begin allowing one visitor per day, for one hour, once per day during selected times. This change will take effect on Sept. 21.
“This new visitor policy includes surgical or procedural patients, those coming for lab work or imaging needs such as CTs or MRIs or X-rays, emergency visits or other health care needs.
“Additionally, Governor Abbott yesterday announced the easing of statewide restrictions on elective procedures. Effective immediately, elective procedures are ready to be scheduled, and our emergency room continues to be a safe place to treat ALL emergencies. We are working quickly to reschedule previously cancelled procedures.
“All visitors must wear a mask or face covering. Visitors with temperatures at or above 99° will be asked to return when fever free. Exceptions will be made for end of life care patients. All other special circumstances will be considered by the care team and must be approved by the Chief Medical Officer.
“We remain in close contact with city, state and county officials regarding the COVID-19 regulations for our area. Our visitor policy will be closely monitored and maintained as long as it is safe to do so.”
“We are encouraged to see the declining number of Covid-19 cases in our community,” said Craig Desmond, President of the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, “and we look forward to providing all services to our patients in a thoughtful and safe environment.”
Please see the facilities’ website for additional details as visiting hours for some departments will vary, https://www.medicalcentersetexas.org/.