Screening process changing at entrances to Ohio and Nevada facilities

COVID-19 throughout the past two years, we implemented new safety precautions to minimize patients’ and caregivers’ exposure to the virus.

In recent weeks, the number of patients with COVID-19 inside our facilities and surrounding communities has significantly decreased. After monitoring this trend and reviewing new direction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we are changing our screening process.

Starting March 15, 2022,entrances to our facilities in Ohio and Nevada will no longer have temperature scanners or screeners who ask patients and visitors whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed.

Precautions we will continue:

  • Requiring masks for all caregivers, visitors and outpatients, as well as patients in the Emergency Department. Inpatients are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. 

  • Providing masks and hand sanitizer at entrances. 

  • Asking patients about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure when scheduling appointments. 

  • Helping patients who are not feeling well find spaces distanced from others in which they can wait for their appointment. 

  • Wearing an N95 respirator, eye protection, gown and gloves when providing care to patients with COVID-19 whose symptoms began fewer than 10 days prior to their appointment. 

  • Restricting visitation to two visitors per day per patient. 

  • Discouraging visitors from entering our facilities if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 fewer than 10 days before visiting; or if they have COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell and muscle or body aches. 

  • Maintaining social distancing. 

How our entrances will change 

In the coming weeks you’ll see new signage that directs patients to tell their caregiver if they have recently tested positive for COVID-19, been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell and muscle or body aches. 

Patients with COVID-19 whose symptoms began fewer than 10 days prior to their appointment can be instructed to take additional precautions to prevent exposure to other patients and caregivers. Refer to messaging from your local leadership for details specific to the workflow that will be in place at your location. 

Inpatient visitors will still need to check in when they enter, and those who have been exposed to or have COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to visit. 

View this flier for more details, including information specific to patients with COVID-19 who are immunocompromised. The flier is posted on the “COVID+ & PUI” page in the COVID-19 toolkit on the intranet.