Patients at the National Hospital will be permitted to receive visitors again from December 15 on. No visitors have been allowed to the hospital since November 6, when the hospital raised their level of alert due to an increase in COVID-19 infections. Further decisions on relaxing visitation restrictions will be made on December 22.
From December 15 on, patients will be able to accept one visitor at a time, for one hour during visiting hours. A notice from the hospital’s pandemic committee states that it is preferable if visitors are fully vaccinated. Project manager for the pandemic committee of the National Hospital Hildur Helgadóttir told RÚV that currently, visits are only allowed under extreme circumstances, which has proved difficult for the hospital’s patients and their loved ones.
On December 22, the committee will revise the rules for visits over the holidays to assess if it’s safe to relax restrictions further over the holidays. Hildur notes that there are several things to consider, such as if patients will be able to leave the hospital for Christmas Eve at home, and should they allow more than one visitor at a time?
Hospital department managers will still be able to exempt people from the visiting ban under certain circumstances, as they could when no visits were allowed.
There are currently 14 patients in the National Hospital with COVID-19. Eight are in isolation with an active infection while six are dealing with the after-effects of the virus. Three patients are in the ICU, two of which are on ventilators.