Warren General Hospital adds to restriction policy
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Warren General Hospital has added to its precautionary restrictions.
“We are implementing a no-visitation policy with exceptions,” hospital CEO Rick Allen announced Friday.
One visitor at a time will be allowed into maternity (in addition to the mother), child care, and end-of-life areas. Those visitors will be screened before entry, including being asked a series of questions regarding potential exposure, travel, and health symptoms, Allen said.
Further, the hospital is curtailing elective procedures.
“We are limiting surgeries and procedures to those determined to be emergent or urgent needs,” Allen said. “Contact your primary care physician or specialist for more information.”
Those entering the hospital must enter through one of three entrances — E (emergency), F (the main entrance adjacent to the parking garage), or B (off of Crescent Park).
Those changes are effective Saturday, March 21.
Hospital personnel are meeting regularly to discuss the coronavirus response.
Employee forums and leadership group meetings are helping personnel make sure the response is consistent and to find out if what is being done is working as expected, Allen said.
Allen said there have been about 25 COVID-19 test samples taken at the hospital as of Friday morning. Those samples are sent out for testing. There are no known positive cases in the county, he said.
“We want to be very cautious,” Allen said. “But, we have to continue to deliver care.”
For more information about COVID-19 and hospital policies, hospital personnel encourage calls to its COVID-19 information line — 723-3319.