FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Visiting loved ones can be a real pick-me-up, especially during the holidays but if you have friends or family in the hospital right now, you might not get that opportunity.
Parkview Regional Medical Center
The hospitals will allow only one visitor from noon to 8 p.m., but if the patient is having surgery, no visitation will be granted unless that patient is a child or has special needs.
Rev. Anne Epling of First Presbyterian Church typically visits those who are sick and alone for the holidays, but she understands why they can’t this year.
Epling says, “In order to love our neighbor and in order to keep our neighbors safe and healthy. That’s what we have to do.”
Epling says although families that can’t see those loved ones who are sick and shut-in, they should still at least let them know they’re loved.
Epling adds, “Through a phone call, through a text, and email, anything just to let people know that I’m there for you. I think it’s critical right now to let people know that somebody cares about them.“
Judy Boerger at Parkview Health says in a statement that they recognize how difficult it can be on families during this time.
Lutheran Health Network Vishal Bhatia M.D., says he cannot stress enough the importance of following the CDC's guidelines.
Elping encourages everyone to hang on to their faith.
She says, “Have that faith and trust even when it’s difficult to know that the Lord is there for us and He can be trusted.”
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