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Utah health care companies adopt new policies amid spread of COVID-19

Posted at 6:25 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 13:45:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Some of Utah's health care providers are putting new policies into effect as COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to spread.

Intermountain Healthcare now has a visitor restriction policy at all of its facilities.

"This restriction is being put in place for the safety of you, our patients, caregivers and community," a social media post from Intermountain Healthcare said.

The health care provider's visitor restrictions (listed below) are based on guidance from the CDC and the Utah Department of Health.

  • If you are sick, please do not visit or accompany a patient, and do not enter the facility except to seek care for yourself.
  • Only two visitors or companions of a patient may visit at a time and we strongly discourage any visitors or companions under the age of 18.
  • There will be no visitors allowed to patients who have confirmed or possibly have COVID-19.
  • Please wash your hands or use alcohol sanitizer before and after leaving a patient room, exam room and a facility.
  • Speak with a nurse or receptionist about expectations and special circumstances.

MountainStar Healthcare is also enhancing its policies.

"Beginning this week, visitors and patients will be directed to use specific entrances for the check-in process, also referred to as a health screening. The non-invasive screening consists of three simple questions asked of patients and hospital guests about current respiratory symptoms and recent travel history," a statement from MountainStar Healthcare said. "It is important that the community knows all MountainStar facilities remain ready to serve all potential and current patients. While we are limiting access points into the facilities, we remain fully operational. Our staff and physicians are well-trained, knowledgeable and prepared to respond appropriately to all patient needs, as we do daily in our communities."