NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several Nashville hospitals have changed their visitor policies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center released its restricted visitor policy on March 18, which includes the following:
- No visitors at adult hospital
- Women giving birth can have 1 birthing partner, care partner, or doula
- Any visitor will be screened for symptoms of illness
- Children’s Hospital is only letting one person be with patient
Vanderbilt Behavioral Health:
- One patient or caregiver with a child
- One caregiver with patients having electroconvulsive therapy
- One person with patient
Baby and Company birthing center:
- No in-hospital care for clients
- Appointments will be via TeleHealth
- Waiting room closed
- One support person and one doula allowed
Ascension Saint Thomas also updated its visitor policy, saying:
“Our priority is to reduce transmission and to protect people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications. This situation is constantly evolving and Ascension Saint Thomas is committed to adhering to any new guidelines provided by the CDC or the Tennessee Department of Health.”
- Remote visitation only
- Communication through the use of personal devices and digital apps is encouraged
- All patient rooms are equipped with a landline and can be used to reach loved ones
- Exceptions to our visitation policy may be made by hospital leadership balancing the health risks and the patient’s right to receive visitors. Predefined exceptions include women giving birth, limited to one support person.
- All persons will be screened upon entry into the facility.
- No persons under the age of 18
- Screening questions will include: Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Do you have difficulty breathing?
- If the answer to any of these is “yes”, entrance to the facility will not be permitted
- Birthing: 1 Birthing Partner/Visitor and 1 paid professional Doula
* Exceptions to our visitation policy may be made by hospital leadership balancing the health risks and the patient’s right to receive visitors
TriStar Centennial currently has a “no visitation” policy in effect with the following exceptions:
- Pediatric patients: one parent or caregiver
- OB patients: one birthing or care partner
- Outpatient surgery/testing: one caregiver
Metro Nashville launched a website to keep residents informed on COVID-19 cases in Davidson County. COVID19.Nashville.Gov will provide new information as it becomes available.
Metro Health officials have also launched COVID-19 hotline staffed with nurses and other public health professionals to answer questions and provide the latest information. The hotline has as many as 15 call takers and can be reached by dialing 615-862-7777. It will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath
- At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as: