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Hospitals Tighten Restrictions, Add Coronavirus Screenings for Hospital Visitors

hospital room at the Medical Center at Elizabeth Place

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association has announced new visitation restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new rules take effect Friday, March 20, and include mandatory screening of all patients and visitors for virus symptoms, and for their travel and exposure history.

The changes affect Kettering, Premier, and Dayton Children’s hospital facilities in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Read more about the visitation restrictions.

Health officials say the restrictions are needed to protect patients and medical personnel, and to help limit the spread of the disease. Patients are limited to one visitor in emergency departments, surgery, or for procedures and appointments. No visitors under 18 are allowed in those areas.

“We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation as we adjust to a new way of life in our region’s healthcare facilities,” Sarah Hackenbracht, President and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, said in a written statement. “These measures will help our hospitals provide the safe environment our patients need to recover.”

Hospitals are allowing for some exceptions, including for women in labor, patients having major surgery, and in end-of-life and other circumstances.

Officials are advising patients to consult with their individual medical centers for more  information.

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.