Update to Visitation Protocols

By Jana Bray on 03/16/2020 1:44 PM

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As Rockcastle Regional continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have temporarily adjusted our visitation protocols. At this time, Rockcastle Regional doesn’t have any cases of COVID-19 in the facility, nor do we have them in our community.

However, out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting visitation to the Acute Care Hospital to only those patients receiving critical care. We have also closed our cafeteria to the community for an indefinite period of time.

We will continue to work with families and patients to find other means of communication with their loved ones while they are in our facility, as we know staying in touch with family is very important to everyone.

We continue to ask those who do visit, to be extra cautious when deciding to enter our facility as our patient population is extremely vulnerable and every step must be taken to prevent the introduction of COVID-19.

If you are visiting patients or residents at Rockcastle Regional, you are encouraged to wash your hands with soap and water when entering and leaving patient rooms. Those with fever, runny nose, body aches, or respiratory symptoms should not visit.

In addition to frequent hand washing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our facility restricting visitation is one example of social distancing.

Other examples of social distancing that are recommended is for those individuals 60 years and older and those who are at a higher risk due to other health issues to avoid large crowds and social gatherings. These individuals might also consider doing their grocery shopping through the online pickup/click list service or by visiting the store during less busy hours.

It is recommended that all individuals practice social distancing, regardless of age or other health issues. Please be considerate of others by practicing social distancing. Other examples of this practice are to make more distance between you and others while waiting in a line, not sitting in a chair directly beside others when there is other seating available, and generally giving more space around you when in public.

We encourage everyone seeking additional information about COVID-19 to refer only to reliable sources, such as www.cdc.gov.

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