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PeaceHealth hospitals restricting visitation amid coronavirus

The restrictions are voluntary measures intended to keep patients and caregivers safe, PeaceHealth officials said.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 11:38 AM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 1:44 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- PeaceHeath hospitals in Oregon are enforcing voluntary visitation restrictions as the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases rises in the Pacific Northwest.

If someone would like to visit a patient but has a fever or upper-respiratory infection symptoms -- coughing or sneezing -- they should refrain from visiting.

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Dr. James McGovern, the Incident Commander for Coronavirus Preparedness at PeaceHealth, said that the priority is keeping the patients and staff safe.

"We’re going to act as if coronavirus is in the community," McGovern said. "We just haven’t tested positive for it yet or have anyone test positive for it yet. So this is really to protect our more vulnerable members of the community.”

Those who have travelled outside the United States, have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or has shown symptoms are advised to call before arriving at the hospital for treatment.

"If you have those symptoms and you’ve had positive travel or positive contact, please call ahead," McGovern said. "Let us prepare for your arrival to go out to your car and get you in through another entrance to get to the right places where we can really protect the staff and the other patients in the vicinity.”

KEZI 9 News spoke to Lane County Public Health, who verified that there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Lane County.

The latest information on novel coronavirus can be found here.

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