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In response to coronavirus concerns, CGH Medical Center in Sterling and KSB Hospital in Dixon are banning all nonessential visits by those other than primary caregivers and immediate family members.
CGH's restrictions, which include the cancellation of community events such as club meetings, groups, outside sales representatives, vendors, and any other public non-essential gatherings, begins Monday and will last until at least April 10, the hospital said in a news release this afternoon.
"We will reevaluate this situation in 2 weeks and make adjustments to this date as necessary," the release said.
KSB's restrictions took effect Thursday and will be evaluated and modified as needed, it said in its release.
During the 4-week period, visitors will be limited to two people 18 or older per patient at any time. Children will not be allowed.
All visitors must be healthy and free of any signs or symptoms of an influenza-like or respiratory illness, which includes a fever higher than 100 degrees with a cough, sore throat or sneezing. Those who show symptoms will be asked to leave.
Those with other symptoms, such as runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea, also should postpone their visits.
Exceptions will be made in certain situations, including end-of-life care.
Some patient units, clinics, diagnostic service areas, and treatment areas may have additional restrictions; signs will be posted outside of those areas.
Patients coming to the CGH emergency department or outpatient clinics with flu or COVID-19 symptoms will be given a mask to wear.
"... we each have a personal responsibility to not only do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in the community, but also to help reduce the risk to our friends and family who may be at high risk for complications from such viruses," the release said.
"Because their health, as well as yours, is important, we need everyone's help to enforce our current visitor restrictions."
Only patients' primary caregivers will be allowed. That includes, but is not limited to, parents, stepparents, spouses, and romantic partners 16 and older.
Siblings who are caregivers, and are at least 16, also will be allowed, but not younger siblings.
Visitors must be free from illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or a runny nose.
Caregivers must wash their hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient’s room, and must remain in the room during the visit. If they need to leave the room, they must limit their movement within the hospital and avoid common areas.
Exceptions to the restrictions may be made in certain situations after a discussion with the patient's medical caregivers.
"We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for you. While we are committed to providing a family-centered care environment, right now restricting visitors is in the best interest of our patients and staff," the release said.
Morrison Community Hospital is in the process of evaluating its plans to restrict visits, spokesman Mick Welding said.