Piedmont Fayette Hospital limits visitors, cuts visiting hours

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No more than 2 visitors per patient, no kids 13 and under; visitors must pass health screening —

Piedmont Fayette Hospital on March 13 announced the adoption of a Level III visitation policy and changes to visitation hours effective immediately as a result of precautions surrounding COVID-19.

The new visitation hours will be 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. No more than two visitors will be allowed per patient and no children ages 13 and under are allowed, except those who are coming in for healthcare service, Piedmont Fayette said.

All visitors will be required to use the East, West, or Emergency Department entrances. All visitors must pass a health screening including questions regarding symptoms of acute respiratory illness, fever, travel history and close contact with known or suspected infected persons, the hospital said.

“When a patient with an infectious disease presents at any Piedmont location, we have the staff, facilities, and proper processes and protocols in place to take care of them and keep everyone safe (other patients, visitors, staff members and volunteers). If needed, each Piedmont facility has rooms that isolate suspected infectious patients,” said Steve Porter, CEO of Piedmont Fayette. “We are aware of the demand on supply chains across the country, however, our staff has the personal protection equipment and the necessary training to care for all of our patients, regardless of their ailment.”

The governor and the Department of Public Health update the number of cases every day. Please remember that according to the CDC, “[f]or most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.”

“We will continue to put the safety and care of our patients, communities, staff and partners at the forefront of everything we do as we address COVID-19,” said Porter. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation during this healthcare crisis.”