Went to Regions to visit a relative who is recovering from a heart attack. New Covid rules: only one visitor per day. Not one visitor at a time – one per day. If her spouse visits from 10 am – noon, nobody else can visit until 10 the next day when visiting hours start again.
Visitor must wear a mask at all times; must stay in the patient room, use the bathroom there; cannot bring in food or drink but must order from room service and pay by credit card; must leave by 8:00 pm and cannot stay overnight no matter how much the patient begs not to be left alone in the hospital.
Turns out it’s not only the hospital. Different relative dying of cancer in a long-term care facility cannot have visitors at all, not even with masks and social distancing. Might bring in Covid so she spends her days dying alone.
Covid, you see. Science. What am I, a science denier? Do I want people in the hospital to die? Do I want to kill old people in the nursing home?
Not necessarily. But heart disease and cancer aren’t the only things that people die from. People can die of loneliness, too, and from hopelessness.
In the meantime, some facilities have radically different rules. Some long term care facilities are pretty much open (with precaution similar to but less than the ones Jo described in the hospital, above); others, like Joe says, are in full blown lockdown mode.