Hospitals consider visitation restrictions due to coronavirus

Other officials said they are working very closely with their public health departments when it comes to testing. If a patient tests positive, the results will automatically be reported to the state.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 6:37 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 1:50 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Hospitals are looking into making changes to their policies to prepare for coronavirus.

KEZI 9 News spoke with health officials from Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield and a spokesperson for PeaceHealth.

Officials from Mercy Medical and Bay Area said they haven’t put restrictions on visitation at the facilities. However, they both said staff are reevaluating every day.

PeaceHealth said they haven’t made changes to their visitation policies either. They did say they are currently reviewing those policies and will make the changes if needed.

If you want to visit a patient but have a fever or cough, you shouldn't come to the hospital, officials from Bay Area said. If a sick person does come into the building, they want those people to wear masks.

Because there hasn’t been any reported cases in the area yet, one Douglas County health official said there is no reason to panic.

“I think we’re telling our community not to panic,” said Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County public health officer. “I think we’re telling our community to get ready for any kind of emergency.”

Other officials said they are working very closely with their public health departments when it comes to testing. If a patient tests positive, the results will automatically be reported to the state.

If the positive test results come from a smaller area like Roseburg, Coos Bay or Florence, officials said those patients will be transported to larger hospitals to get treated.

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