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Riverside hospitals limit visitors to prevent spread of coronavirus

Medical centers in Newport News, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Tappahannock and Accomack will only allow two healthy, adult visitors per patient.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Riverside Health System decided Friday to limit visitors to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

In their medical centers in Newport News, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Tappahannock, and Accomack, each patient will only be allowed two healthy visitors, aged 12 and older.

In their convalescent, rehabilitation and assisted living residences, Riverside is discouraging visitors altogether. Friday's release said all visitors to those facilities will be screened before they are allowed to go in, and can be turned away if they seem sick.

All visiting hours have also been restricted to a window between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The medical system is responding to Gov. Ralph Northam declaring a state of emergency in Virginia Thursday - and some assisted living facilities barring visitors entirely.

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