Temporary Visitor Restrictions Owensboro Health - Owensboro Health

Published on March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Enhanced Patient Safety Measures

Due to the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Daviess County and in the region, Owensboro Health has reevaluated our temporary visitor restrictions and has decided to enact a comprehensive, system-wide Enhanced Patient Safety Policy beginning at 6 p.m. on March 20 and until further notice. This approach is consistent with other health institutions across the country.

Implementation of Enhanced Patient Safety Measures

  • This policy applies to all patients within the hospital, regardless of unit or condition.
  • In inpatient facilities, no visitors will be permitted except under specific circumstances, and with prior approval. This includes:
    • End-of-life care or end-of-life decision making. For these situations, two visitors will be permitted.
    • Two parents or caregivers of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit as long as they are not symptomatic.
    • Two parents or caregivers of pediatric patients as long as they are not symptomatic.
    • Only one visitor in labor & delivery and postpartum units. Visitor must remain the same throughout the entire stay.
    • One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge.
    • One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery.
    • Visitors attending part of scheduled family training for patients with rehabilitation needs.
  • For all outpatient appointments:
    • One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to treatment such as an ambulatory visit, procedure or same-day surgery.
  • Upon arrival, visitors will be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or sore throat, depending on the situation and travel history.

Family, friends and loved ones should use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients whenever possible. (e.g. phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc.)

Self-assessment

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have 2 of the 3 following symptoms: (Yes/No)
    • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  2. In the last month, have you been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19? (Yes/No)
  3. In the last month, have you traveled internationally or to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak? (Yes/No)

If you answered "NO" to both Questions #1 and #2 or both Questions #1 and #3: 

Please, stay home. Continue to follow the CDC recommended prevention methods above and monitor for a change in symptoms.

If you answered "YES" to both Questions #1 and #2 or both Questions #1 and #3: 

If you are below age 60 and have no other health issues, you should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days. 

  • If you have to be out in the community or if your symptoms worsen, call your Primary Care Provider or our COVID-19 Hotline (1-877-888-6647) and we may end up having you come through our Drive Thru testing site. 

If you are over age 60, please call your Primary Care Provider or our Hotline (1-877-888-6647) and we will likely set-up a drive-through testing appointment for you. 

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