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Providence Health Updates Visitation Policy
December 31, 2020
COLUMBIA, SC (December 31, 2020) - Providence Health is committed to providing the highest quality care and as the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, so does our hospitals' response. In addition to the steps we’ve taken including a consistent screening at entry points, requiring masks, social distancing measures, closing common areas, and adhering diligently to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Providence Health is taking additional steps to help ensure the safety of everyone at our facility.
Effective January 1, 2021, Providence Health will return to a zero visitor restriction at our facilities. At this time, we believe curtailing visitation is a necessary measure to protect our patients, employees, and providers.
All these measures are in place to protect our facility and our community. Please know that our providers and clinical teams are well trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal flu, and other respiratory illnesses.
What you can do
The good news is that there are some key steps you can take to help protect you and your loved ones and help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Staying home when you are sick
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, including your phone, computer, remote controls and doorknobs
- Washing 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
- Using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available (Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty)
- Practicing social distancing behaviors, including working from home, avoiding public gatherings and unnecessary travel, and maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others when possible.
What to do if you are experiencing symptoms
First and foremost - if you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Room. If possible, notify the dispatch agent that your emergency involves symptoms possibly related to COVID-19.
For non-emergency needs, if you need medical attention due to respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and plan to visit our hospital, your primary care provider, or an urgent clinic, please call ahead before you go and let them know that you are experiencing symptoms that may possibly be related to COVID-19. This will allow providers to properly prepare for your visit and take the necessary precautions to keep others from being infected or exposed.
Please be reassured that our number one priority is the health and well-being of our community – and that includes you. We are prepared to manage an outbreak of respiratory illness, and we encourage you to follow the guidance above and stay tuned to updates from the CDC to help protect you and your loved ones. Keeping our community healthy is a community effort, and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep our community healthy today and for generations to come.
For more information and to stay abreast of the latest updates on COVID-19, visit www.cdc.gov.