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Kalispell Regional Health, Summit Health update their visitor restrictions and limitations

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 18:37:12-04

KALISPELL — UPDATE

On May 18, Kalispell Regional Healthcare will begin allowing one designated visitor per patient at KRHC, North Valley Hospital, and HealthCenter inpatient facilities.

Summit Medical Fitness Center will also lift restrictions. Starting on May 26, they will re-introduce limited activities including cardio equipment, weight training area, weight machines and outdoor group exercises.

KRH is reminding the community that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including:

  • Washing hands thoroughly and often.
  • Covering your cough.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
  • Wear a mask in public areas

Original story from March 16, 2020

Kalispell Regional Healthcare has made some more changes in light of coronavirus (COVID-19) changes.

“Protecting our patients, our employees and our community is our highest priority,” says KRH Chief Medical Officer Doug Nelson, M.D. “We are taking important steps to help stop the transmission of COVID-19, which is critical in keeping you safe.”

One of the changes is that visitor restrictions have been further expanded at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. As of 7 a.m. on Monday, visitors are not being allowed into the hospital. The only exceptions are for parents, end of life situations, and essential caregivers.

The Summit Medical Fitness Center, the Westshore Medical Fitness Center and the Polson Medical Fitness Center are now closed until further notice. The closure includes all facility programs and the SPARKs program. However, clinical therapies located at the Summit -- including physical, occupational therapy, Physical Medicine and rehab -- will continue to operate.

The KRH Hospital Incident Command is continuing to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. Click here for more information.