Our Lady of Lourdes has put new visitor restrictions in place and is adding adding screening stations at designated entrances in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The guidelines go into effect Friday, March 13, until further notice at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Women's & Children's Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital, and the new Our Lady of Lourdes Emergency Center in Scott.
Visitation of patients will be limited to two visitors 12 years or older per patient in the facility. If the patient is in isolation, visitation will be limited to one adult per patient.
"Prevention is the key to containment of viruses like COVID-19 and we're taking additional precautions to help keep our patients and team members safe," said Gil Humbert, Chief Nursing Officer at Our Lady of Lourdes.
The number of entrances to facilities has been limited in order to screen every guest. Entrances have been visibly marked with clear signage and ensured they are accessible regardless of weather or disability.
All visitors entering the facility will be screened based on current CDC guidelines. The brief screening process includes the following questions:
• Do you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
• In the last 14 days, have you had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, someone under investigation for COVID-19 or are ill with a respiratory illness?
• Do you live in a community where there have been multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases?
• Have you traveled internationally within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission?
A statement released Thursday night reads, "Our Lady of Lourdes continues to remind the community that we all play an important part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, influenza, and all other viruses. We should all continue to frequently wash our hands, cover coughs, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth."
For more information and resources on COVID-19, visit lourdesrmc.com/coronavirus.