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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information
Providence Health is taking every precaution to keep our patients and staff safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. For this reason, we are following the CDC recommendation that anyone who enters our facility must wear a face mask at all times.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mask from home to help conserve hospital supplies for patients and staff.
Why wear a mask? Recent studies show that universal masking, in addition to practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene, can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, especially in individuals who may not know they are ill. And until there is a vaccine, these measures are our best line of defense in protecting not only you but also our healthcare workers and community members.
Please be smart and do your part. Wear a mask! We all have a responsibility to protect one another against the spread of COVID-19 and make our communities healthier.
For more information from the CDC on face coverings and how to make your own, click here.
Visitation and Access Policies
At Providence Health, our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. As current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in our region, effective May 27, we are easing our visitor policy as follows:
- Patients will be limited to one WELL visitor per day, including one companion for ambulatory appointments.
- All visitors must be 16 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the facility.
- Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free.
- Visitors are NOT allowed for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or respiratory patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.
- We continue to screen everyone who enters our facilities for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines.
- Please utilize alternative methods of communication, including technology, with patients as much as possible.
Signage is being posted around the facility notifying visitors and the community of these new restrictions and guidelines.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain a safe environment for our patients and team.
COVID-19 Online Symptom Checker/Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
Good to Know:
- CDC Recommendations on Face Coverings
- Avoiding COVID-19 Scams
- Getting Back to Business Safely
- Keeping our Patients Safe During COVID-19
- May is Mental Health Month: Ways to Cope During the Pandemic
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -(www.cdc.gov)
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) – (www.scdhec.gov)
- South Carolina Hospital Association – (scha.org)