Ascension Wisconsin Fox Valley hospitals implement virtual visitation

FOX VALLEY -– To help minimize the impact of COVID-19, in-person  visitation  will  be  temporarily  stopped  at  all  three Ascension  Wisconsin  hospitals  in  the  Fox  Valley  region  beginning  Monday,  Sept.  28. This will continue until further notice.

The hospitals affected are Ascension NE Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth Campus (Appleton); Ascension NE Wisconsin – Mercy Campus (Oshkosh); and Ascension Calumet Hospital (Chilton).

Ascension Wisconsin encourages family members and friends of patients to stay connected with loved ones through virtual visitation: calling, video chatting or texting. The goal is to protect associates and those we are privileged to serve by limiting possible exposure to COVID-19.

Exceptions will be on a case-by-case basis. Predefined exceptions include:

  • Neonatal intensive care (NICU) and pediatric patients: visitation is limited to both parents/legal guardians (maximum of two).
  • Women giving birth: limited to one birthing partner.
  • Patients undergoing surgery: limited to one visitor in the pre-operative period until time of surgery.
  • End-of-life care: as determined by the hospital care team.

Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted.

All visitors, associates, clinicians and vendors entering Ascension Wisconsin facilities will be screened for flu-like and COVID-19 symptoms including, but not limited to, fever, cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell. No visitors who screen positive for the above symptoms will be permitted into the facility.

Visitors entering for the above exceptions will be required to wear a mask upon entry and for the duration of the visit.

“We appreciate the community’s support in adhering to these guidelines, as we continue to care for our neighbors who are most in need during these unprecedented times,” said Dr. Tom Nichols, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Ascension St. Elizabeth.

If someone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has had a potential exposure, call your primary care provider or the dedicated Ascension Wisconsin COVID-19 informational hotline at (833) 981-0711.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency or difficulty breathing, go directly to the ER or dial 911.

For additional information on COVID-19 and Ascension resources, please visit:

healthcare.ascension.org/covid-19?