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Prisma Health will stop most visitation to its emergency departments because of Omicron surge

Friday, January 7, 2022

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Because of the steep rise in COVID-19 throughout the state and the high infection rates, patients coming to Prisma Health emergency departments will no longer be allowed to have visitors except under special circumstances. The change is effective Saturday, Jan. 8, at 7 a.m. This will apply to all Prisma Health hospital’s emergency departments.

Visitors and care partners will be asked to wait in their cars or offsite once a patient has been checked in. Updates will be provided by phone and follow guidelines for patient confidentiality.

Exceptions will be determined by the patient’s ED team and include:

  • Pediatric patients (under age 18) or when an adult arrives accompanied by a child.
  • Patients with care needs or unable to give consent, or when an adult patient arrives accompanied by an adult with care need.
  • End-of-life events.

This step is needed to protect patients, visitors and team members during this unprecedented Omicron surge, said Prisma Health officials.

Visitation to other Prisma Health facilities will continue on its current restricted basis. For details, see

About Prisma Health

Prisma Health is a not-for-profit health company and the largest healthcare system in South Carolina. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 acute and specialty hospitals, 2,947 beds and more than 300 outpatient sites with nearly 2,000 physicians, Prisma Health serves more than 1.2 million unique patients annually in its 21-county market area that covers 50% of South Carolina. Prisma Health’s goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals. Visit for more information.

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