Texoma Medical Center and Wilson J. Jones Regional Medical Center have announced changes to the visitation policies at the hospital as part of a continuing reaction to the possible threat of coronavirus. Statements from each hospital said the following changes are in effect until further notice:
Visitors are allowed only during scheduled visiting hours. At this time, visits are permitted daily between 12 noon and 6 p.m.
Visitation is limited to two adult visitors – 18 years or older – per patient, per day. For a patient that is in isolation, visitation may be further restricted.
WNJ said those who do visit the hospital should use the main hospital entrance from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Emergency Room entrance is open 24 hours a day everyday. But people will not be allowed to leave the ER area and enter the main hospital.
All visitors are subject to screening upon arrival at the hospital.
Any individual who has been in contact with someone with fever, cough or influenza-like symptoms within the last 48 hours will be prohibited from visiting.
Travel history will be queried; those who have had travel to an affected country, as currently identified on the CDC Travel Health Notices list, will not be permitted to proceed within the hospital.
Visitors will be required to use hand-sanitizing gel (or hand washing) upon entering the facility as well as entering and exiting a patient room.
Patients are asked to call ahead for specific instructions regarding overnight stays in certain departments.
Wilson N. Jones Spokesperson Cathy Black said patients and visitors with certain other symptoms, such as runny nose, fatigue, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea should also postpone their visits.
Additionally, the hospital announced that those who have fever and or cough symptoms consistent with the virus and desire to seek medical attention, should call their primary care provider or visit an Urgent Care Center.
Those who are scheduled to visit the hospital for routine appointments or testing and have a fever or flu-like symptoms, are asked to please reschedule their appointment or testing.
Wilson N. Jones announced that all clinical rotations and student activities were suspended effective immediately and that all public hospital classes have been cancelled. Likewise, TMC said community health education programs may be cancelled/postponed and patrons are asked to see event details and follow the hospital on Facebook for updates.
Further, the notice gave the following CDC recommended advice for people attempting to keep themselves and their families safe from the virus and other illnesses:
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60–95% alcohol.
Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus. You should only wear a mask if a health care professional recommends it or if you have the virus and are showing symptoms.
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