To protect patients and reduce exposure to viruses circulating in our community, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is sending all patients and visitors to the hospital main entrance on weekdays. The only exception will be patients needing care in the Emergency Department.
The hospital’s main entrance will be closed to all patients and visitors on weekends until further notice. Patients and visitors can access the hospital through the Emergency entrance on those days.
In addition, the hospital’s second-floor entrance off Elks Drive is closed until further notice. Patients and visitors who come to that entrance will be given a map to guide them to the main entrance and adjacent parking lots.
This is in addition to visitor restrictions which are now in effect for all patients in all Samaritan-affiliated hospitals. Those restrictions include:
- Only certain patients will be allowed one healthy visitor throughout their stay. All other visitors are restricted until further notice.
- No visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed in the hospital.
- No visitors with fever or respiratory symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, will be allowed in the hospital.
- All visitors will be required to sanitize their hands upon entry.
The best defense against all viruses, both at hospitals and in the community, is to avoid exposure through the following basic hygiene and infection control measures:
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper sleeve.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently and regularly, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- If you are sick, stay home.
In addition, state and federal authorities are asking the public to observe social distancing measures.
For more information, call 211 or visit these resources: