CCH Begins Screening Patients and Restricting Visits Amid Mounting Virus Concerns


CCH implements visiting restrictions to help protect visitors, patients, residents and employees

Campbell County Health (CCH) has increased visiting restrictions and implemented screening protocols for select CCH facilities and departments to help protect visitors, residents and employees beginning Wednesday, said CCH Community Relations Director Karen Clarke in a March 11 press release.

The CCH facilities and departments immediately affected include The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center, Close to Home Hospice and the Dialysis Unit at Campbell County Memorial Hospital, or those facilities and departments treating older adults or people with serious chronic medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. In other words, the people most at-risk for serious illness from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center visitors must be at least 18 years old and must visit between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. All visitors must sign into a visitor’s log.  Visitors and volunteers will be screened for respiratory symptoms each time they visit and all external group activities are being temporarilly cancelled until further notice. At this time, visitors who feel sick are being asked not to visit. “Please do not come if you have a fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, muscle aches or fatigue,” the release stated.

Close to Home Hospice visitors must also sign a visitor’s log and all visitors, volunteers and employees will be screened for respiratory symptoms and illness each time they visit. Visitors who feel ill should not visit Close to Home Hospice, according to the release.

Visitation to the Dialysis Unit will be limited, and all patients, family members and visitors will be screened prior to entering the unit.

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Restrictions and screenings at hospitals across the nation come at the recommendation of the CDC following an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan, China, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). They have since declared COVID-19 as a ‘pandemic’ amid ‘alarming levels of inaction,’ as reported by The Guardian.

No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Campbell County.

To prevent contracting or spreading the virus, WHO and CDC recommend washing your hands frequently, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly, avoiding close contact with those who are sick and maintaining safe food practices. Following CCH’s increased visiting restrictions and patient screenings will also help.

For more information on the rules already in effect starting Wednesday at CCH’s above-listed facilities and departments, or for current visiting restrictions at CCH, the public is being asked to contact CCH Infection Preventionist Kim Lindeman at (307) 688-1526.