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Novant Health UVA Health System to limit visitation and implement screenings


Community can now access online self-assessment tool for COVID-19

WARRENTON, Va., March 17, 2020 – Novant Health UVA Health System will be following expanded recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association to reduce the risk of transmitting respiratory illnesses. Effective immediately, Novant Health UVA Health System will be suspending all visitation, with the following exceptions:

  • Laboring mothers can designate one individual to support them for the entirety of their hospital stay.
  • Patients who are minors will be allowed one parent or guardian to remain with them.

Visitor restrictions apply to the following Novant Health UVA Health System facilities:

  • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center

Friends and family members are encouraged to use phone calls or video chats on personal phones or mobile devices to communicate with loved ones who are patients. Approved visitors will be screened prior to entry and must be healthy (no cough, fever or flu-like symptoms).

To further reduce/centralize foot traffic and protect the health of patients, team members and providers, Novant Health UVA Health System has:

  • Identified limited/minimal entrance and exit sites for team members, patients, approved visitors and vendors, and temporarily closed all non-essential entrances and exits.
  • Placed signs at closed entrance points directing patients, approved visitors and vendors to where they can go to enter the facility.
  • Implemented a standard screening protocol at open entrances to determine respiratory illness risk.

Loading docks at Novant Health UVA Health System acute care facilities will be staffed with a screener for vendors during business hours. The following entrances will remain open for patients and approved visitors:

  • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center – emergency department (open 24/7) and front entrance (5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center – emergency department (open 24/7), Heathcote Building (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center – emergency department (open 24/7), main lobby (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday) and cancer services center (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday).

Please note that these hours may change. Novant Health UVA Health System would like to thank the community for its flexibility and understanding as it navigates changing policies and recommendations to mitigate transmission of respiratory illnesses.

Additionally, in alignment with updated guidance from Virginia Assisted Living Association, Novant Health UVA Health System Caton Merchant House is also restricting all visitor access at this time. Caton Merchant House is regularly taking temperatures of all staff and residents and limiting communal dining and activities.

Novant Health UVA Health System has also implemented an online self-assessment tool for COVID-19. This will allow community members to remain safely at home and only proceed to a medical provider if necessary.

The coronavirus assessment tool can be found on NovantHealthUVA.org/coronavirus along with additional COVID-19 resources in English and Spanish.

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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