COVID-19 precautions prompt St. Charles to limit access points

In response to the emerging risk associated with the spread of COVID-19, St. Charles Health System on Wednesday will begin restricting access points at each of its Central Oregon facilities

The intent is to have patients, caregivers, providers and vendors enter facilities through a limited number of access points to keep the workforce safe and functioning as this public health issue continues to grow.

At each access point, St. Charles will require everyone to adequately sanitize their hands and require masks for patients or visitors with a fever, cough or cold symptoms.

The hospital also said it could restrict access to visitors who present with such symptoms if they could spread infection but are not in need of medical attention.

“The situation with COVID-19 continues to change rapidly and much is still unknown,” according to a statement from the hospital. “We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution and with the goal of being proactive in our protection of our patients, caregivers and providers.”

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