OKLAHOMA CITY — In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, five health systems in the Oklahoma City metro have announced a new update to their visitation policies.

Effective March 23, these facilities will no longer allow visitors for adult patients:

INTEGRIS Health (all Oklahoma hospital locations), Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, Norman Regional Health System, OU Medicine, OU Medical Center, OU Medical Center Edmond, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine, The OU College of Pharmacy locations, Clinics in OU Physicians, Stephenson Cancer Center, OU College of Dentistry and OU College of Allied Health, SSM St. Anthony Hospital, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital-Shawnee, SSM Health Bone & Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, and SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex locations.

Also effective March 23, due to the special considerations for children’s care and labor and delivery care, one hospital visitor is allowed to accompany a child or labor and delivery patient to an appointment. This person must be over the age of 18, including siblings.

These restrictions apply to the following facilities:

INTEGRIS Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine

OU Children’s Physicians

Norman Regional’s Women’s; and

Children’s Pavilion SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital.

High-level critical care, palliative care, hospice and adult patients requiring assistance from a guardian or caregiver will be addressed on a case-by-case basis regarding visitation.

All five health systems are requesting that visitors who may be sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms not visit the hospital unless they are seeking medical treatment. These visitation changes are only temporary.

In the meantime, resource booklets with information on how to communicate with hospitalized loved ones are available at:

• oumedicine.com/covid;

• mercy.net/covid;

normanregional.com;

integrisok.com/covid; and

ssmhealth.com/covid19.

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Hi! I am Sherri Hultner and I am the founder of EdmondActive. I started EdmondActive July 13, 2009 on Facebook as a way to bring all information about all of Edmond into one place, then started Around Edmond blog here at the site July 24, 2009 as a way of starting the conversation as to what is happening around our town. I have been a publisher of local zines, a glossy 80 page magazine distributed at a extremely high sell through on national newsstands of over 30% and EdmondActive Magazine for the last 23 years! I have been married for 31 years, have adult sons whom I am very proud of and have been a dog mom to 4 labs, 1 shepard lab, and a golden retriever.  EdmondActive print magazine was first published in November 2009 as a way to bring social media information into the outside world and is secondary to our social networks of over 35,000 residents in Edmond and OKC. The magazine starts its 13th volume in 2021, and I am grateful to have a great readership after all of these years.