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PeaceHealth taking further action against coronavirus

PeaceHealth is adding more restrictions for visitation and changing the way people get into the emergency rooms.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 7:34 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- PeaceHealth is taking more steps to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Doctor James McGovern is the vice president of medical affairs for PeaceHealth Oregon and the hospital's incident commander for the coronavirus.

He said starting at noon on Friday, they will be limiting visitors for patients to one person at time.

They are already asking people who are sick with a fever and upper respiratory symptoms not to visit.

"Certainly, there is a lot of surfaces here, and we can't wipe everything down, so it is again to limit that exposure to individuals. McGovern said.

McGovern said they are also working to temporarily install double-wide trailers near the entrance to their Emergency Rooms.

He said people will be screened in the trailers first and isolated if they show symptoms.

Ambulances services will still operate as normal.

"It really is about managing where people are, how they come through, making sure our health system is safe," McGovern said.

He said they're still working out the final details, but said it could start happening next week.

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