As of Tuesday, Methodist Healthcare System has implemented a no-visitor policy at all of its facilities in response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in San Antonio.

The policy, which begins immediately, is to protect patients and employees from exposure to the virus, Methodist Healthcare said in a news release.

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There are some exceptions:

Procedural or elective surgery patients may have one designated adult visitor throughout the duration of the procedure and during the discharge process. If the patient is admitted, the visitor must leave the campus.

Emergency department patients may have one designated adult visitor throughout the outpatient visit and during the discharge process. When the patient is admitted, the visitor must leave the campus.

Other exceptions to the visitor policy include patients who may be at the end of their life, a mother in labor, a pediatric patient, or a family member or visitor is departing for military deployment.

Visitors who meet one of the exceptions will be screened for fever, respiratory symptoms and exposure to the coronavirus. All visitors will be required to wear a face mask.

Taylor Pettaway is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for MySA.com | @TaylorPettaway

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