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New COVID Hospital Visitor Guidelines

(La Porte, IN) - Beginning Friday, December 17, Northwest Health has new visitation restrictions in place at all three Northwest Health hospitals and their outpatient centers. This change is aimed to protect its patients, visitors, and staff from unnecessary exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Northwest Health’s new visitor guidelines state:


  • For all patients, one (1) visitor is permitted to visit. The following are exceptions:
    • Pediatric patients may have both parents/guardians visit at the same time
    • Maternity patients may have two visitors at a time
    • Exceptions may be made for end-of-life and other special situations.
  • Visitors under age 18 are not permitted to visit hospital patients.
  • Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


The new visitor guidelines are in effect at all Northwest Health hospital facilities, which include: Northwest Health – La Porte, Northwest Health – Porter, Northwest Health – Starke, Northwest Health – Michigan City, Northwest Health – Portage, and Northwest Health – Valparaiso, and Northwest Health – Chesterton.


The community is asked to please continue wearing masks when in public, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently. To find a covid-19 vaccination site visit, http://ourshot.in.gov.

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