Mayo Clinic becomes latest Arizona hospital system to restrict visitors
PHOENIX — Another Arizona hospital system is restricting visitor access with COVID-19 statistics on the rise in the state.
Mayo Clinic is limiting patients to one guest per day at all facilities during visitor hours, which run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to a press release.
“Limiting the number of people on our campuses assists in maintaining a safe health care environment,” Mayo said in the release.
The policy started Monday, the same day Banner Health, Arizona’s largest hospital system, also restricted visits.
Banner is allowing one visitor per patient per day in four Arizona counties where the virus is more prevalent, including Maricopa and Pinal, according to a press release.
At both hospital systems, exceptions will be made in certain circumstances, including for women in labor and end-of-life visitations.
Arizona health officials on Tuesday reported 1,974 new COVID-19 cases and 30 additional deaths from the disease.
It was the largest daily update for deaths since April 20.
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have more than doubled since the start of July, with unvaccinated people accounting for almost all of the serious illnesses and deaths.