Temperature screenings for all visitors and employees begin at hospitals

PeaceHealth and McKenzie-Willamette announced this policy change Friday afternoon.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 7:48 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2020 12:58 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Local hospitals will begin taking temperatures of all people who enter their buildings to stop the spread of COVID-19.

PeaceHealth and McKenzie-Willamette announced this policy change Friday afternoon. All visitors, patients, and employees will have their temperature checked at the door. They will be turned away if they have a fever.

McKenzie-Willamette also announced they will be banning non-essential visitors from entering the hospital. However, there are some exceptions:

  • Patients 17 years of age or younger—one visitor/day
  • Patients that are developmentally disabled—one visitor/day
  • Patient having a surgery or procedure—one visitor/day
  • Patients in labor—two visitors
  • Case-by-case exceptions will be considered by the unit’s nurse manager based upon circumstances

Jana Waterman, the Vice President of Business Development at McKenzie-Willamette, said to call ahead and see if you meet the qualifications.

"I think our energy is really good," Waterman said. "I think we are ready in the event we do get a positive coronavirus case. It’s been a lot of preparation but everyone is ready, gearing up to take care of the public."

Waterman says that McKenzie-Willamette is in constant contact with other hospitals in the region, so every facility has uniformed policies to keep patients and the public safe.

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