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Coronavirus

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Resources for Patients

Prevention

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.

Protecting Our Patients & Employees

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 visitors.

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 their return.

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.