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NEW VISITOR POLICY: 3/15/2020

St. Joseph Hospital has instituted a restrictive visitor policy as of Monday morning, 3/16/20. We will be instituting a visitor screening process checking for fever, cough and other respiratory symptoms. Access to the hospital will be limited to the front lobby Atrium and the parking garage bridge. The two access points will be manned from 7am-8pm from Monday, March 16- April 1st.   The Emergency Department entrance will not be impacted by this change.  We want to minimize potential exposures of Covid-19 like illness as our main goal is to keep our staff, patients, and community safe.    Please keep in mind this policy is being evaluated daily and is subject to change.

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About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring the international spread of Coronavirus, also called COVID-19. We are here to provide the information and care you need, and want to ensure our community stays safe and healthy

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that causes respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. It was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How is St. Joseph Hospital preparing for COVID-19?

We are committed to following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s precautions and screening guidelines to care for our patients and visitors. We are a part of a multidisciplinary, systemwide task force across Covenant Health-member organizations that is carefully monitoring this situation and developing strategies to be prepared, along with local, state and federal officials.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Individuals with COVID-19 may have mild to severe respiratory illness, including symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some people, usually the elderly or immunocompromised, may experience more severe complications, such as pneumonia.

What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

You can take basic precautions and practice good prevention practices, including:

  • If you feel sick, stay home and avoid travel.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick or have flu-like symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue. Then, discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces with a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Do I need a face mask?

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Please do not hoard facemasks.

Is there treatment for COVID-19?

Currently, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19.

What should I do if I think I am sick with COVID-19?

First, avoid visiting our patients and public places. If you’ve travelled recently to an impacted area or if you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have an appointment with us, please call the office where your visit is scheduled to notify us in advance. We will provide you with additional instructions.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

Here are some useful links from the CDC that we have curated to help answer your most common questions:

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the CDC’s website.

COVID-19 Response Fund