Before Visiting A Patient In Hospital, How Do YOU Feel?

Mar 4, 2020

With the number of novel coronavirus cases on the rise in the Pacific Northwest, PeaceHealth hospitals have implemented voluntary visitation restrictions. The controls are more about prevention than panic. 

Dr. Jim McGovern is VP of Medical Affairs and interim Incident Commander for COVID-19 response for PeaceHealth Oregon. Here he displays the face masks used to protect against airborne threats.
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At RiverBend Medical Center in Springfield, Dr. Jim McGovern is acting Incident Commander for COVID-19 Response. He says the medical community now makes the assumption that coronavirus is in Lane County communities, given the outbreaks to the north.

“So if we do have undetected coronavirus activity in the area it may present as kind of a common cold or some mild flu-like symptoms,” McGovern says. “We’d rather have people to choose not to come into the hospital and expose our patients and potentially our staff.”  

McGovern says the visitation restrictions are voluntary. People should use common health sense when deciding whether to  enter hospitals. There are influenza and other common viruses circulating throughout the region. McGovern expects this policy to remain for the foreseeable future.

Before entering as a visitor at PeaceHealth RiverBend, staff ask you to check your well being. If you have fever, cough or if you have been in contact with a person or area with coronavirus, stay home and use skype to visit your patient.
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