Good Samaritan tightening visitor restrictions

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(WEHT) Good Samaritan is taking extra precaution to protect patients, employees, visitors and the general public following the Indiana State Department of Health announcing confirmed cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Indiana.

Beginning March 16, inpatient units will be locked down to only approved visitors that have passed a visitor screening assessment and who are 18 years of age or older. Visitors will also be limited to two visitors at a time, per patient. Once a visitor has passed a visitor assessment, the visitor will be given an approval form and a badge for inpatient unit access for one day. Visitors will be required to go through this process each day they visit.

Inpatient visitors must follow the information below to access inpatient areas (ICU, Med/Surg, Surgical, OB, Inpatient Rehabilitation, LaSalle Behavioral Health):

Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitor access/screening will be available at the first floor Gibault Memorial inpatient elevators and the 6th Street / Grouseland Entrance. (ALL hospital visitors will be stopped and asked their reason for visit upon entering the building at the 6th street entrance, however only those visiting an inpatient will need to complete a screening assessment).

Every Day from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Visitor access/screening will be available at the Emergency Room entrance. Between the hours of 9  p.m. to 7 a.m. visitors will have to show photo ID during this time as part of the visitor screening.

Saturday and Sunday

All access to the hospital and visitor screening will be at the Emergency Room entrance.

The Visitor Health Screening includes six yes or no questions that include: Had fever in the past 48 hours; Had diarrhea or vomiting in the past 48 hours; Had symptoms of a resipatory infection such as shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, etc.; Travel to areas with sustained COVID-19 (China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran); Contact with someone with known or suspected coronavirus Covid-19; and Age under 18 years old. If a visitor answers yes to any of these questions, the visitor will be denied access to visit. The age restriction also applies to young children of new parents on the obstetrics unit.

The only exceptions are if the visitor is visiting a patient who is at the end of life, or are the parent of a hospitalized child that is younger than 18 years old. In these cases, the visitors will be required to wear personal protective equipment to visit their loved one.

On Saturday and Sunday, the only access to the inside of the hospital will be through the Emergency Room entrance. Signage will be in place to direct visitors and patients how to get to the Health Pavilion and Gibault Memorial.

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(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)

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