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St. Francis Medical Center Implements New Visitor Guidelines & Screening


 As part of its ongoing response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Louisiana, and for the continued safety of patients and team members, St. Francis Medical Center today announced changes to its visitor guidelines and the addition of screening stations at designated entrances based on new Louisiana Department of Health requirements. These guidelines go into effect beginning today until further notice.

Visitation of patients will be limited to no more than two visitors (12 years or older) per patient, per day. If the patient is in isolation, visitation will be limited to no more than one adult per patient, per day.

“Prevention is the key to containment of viruses like COVID-19 and we’re taking additional precautions to help keep our patients and team members safe,” said Kristin Wolkart, president of St. Francis Medical Center. “Our physicians endorse these new steps to ensure the hospital continues to be the safest possible for patients and their loved ones as well as all of us who care for them.”

In alignment with healthcare organizations across the country, visitors will notice that facilities have limited the number of entrances in order to screen every guest. Entrances have been visibly marked with clear signage and ensured they are accessible regardless of weather or disability.  

All visitors entering our facilities will be screened based on CDC guidance. The brief screening process will include a temp check and questions. Visitors with a temp greater than 100° or answering yes to any of the questions below will not be allowed to enter:

Do you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?

In the last 14 days, have you had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, someone under investigation for COVID-19 or are ill with a respiratory illness?

Do you live in a community where there have been multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases?

Have you traveled internationally within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission?

We all play an important part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, influenza and all other viruses. We should all continue to frequently wash our hands, cover coughs, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay home.