COVID-19 (coronavirus) Resources for Patients
The CDC recommends
everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of this illness:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands well and frequently—at least 20 seconds with soap
and water or with hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular
household cleaning spray or wipe.
- The CDC does not recommend that healthy/uninfected individuals use a mask
to prevent becoming ill.
No visitors are permitted until further notice
In light of the rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic, and the critical importance
of protecting patients and staff, Good Samaritan will be further restricting
Exceptions will be made for one visitor in the areas below:
- Outpatient Surgery
- Inpatient Surgery (Before Surgery, day of surgery only)
- Patients without mental capacity to answer questions or make decisions
- End-of-life discussions and visitations
- Pediatric patients - 1 parent or guardian
- Laboring Mother, 1 laboring partner for entire stay
- Behavioral Health at Discharge for Treatment Plan
All approved visitors with exceptions must be at least 18 years old unless
they are the parent of a patient, or are an emancipated minor.
Visitor restrictions aren’t the only thing Good Samaritan is doing
to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus. The hospital is also enforcing
a work-related travel restriction for employees. This means that employees
will not be allowed to attend any conferences, continuing education opportunities,
and large off-site meetings. Air travel will not be allowed for any work-related purposes.
Employees who have personal travel plans will need to report their plans
to their supervisor, including their travel dates, destination, and mode
of transportation. Any travel plans that may put the employee at risk
of coronavirus will be reported to the hospital’s Infection Control
Prevention so that follow up may be conducted with that employee upon
Hospital supervisors will also be monitoring all illness call-ins. Any
employee who has an unplanned absence for self-illness or the illness
of an immediate family member will have to be cleared to return to work.