Local hospitals make changes to visitor policy because of coronavirus outbreak


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Local hospitals are making changes to their visitor policies to keep patients and visitors safe as they continue to monitor the progress of the coronavirus outbreak.

VCU Health is telling visitors are being told to stay away from the hospitals if they have traveled to any countries associated with the outbreak. You can find a full list here.

You’re also asked to avoid visiting patients if you experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, headaches, etc.

Patients are being limited to two visitors at a time. VCU Health is asking that all visitors under the age of 18 should be accompanied at all times.

Other hospitals in our area like Bon Secours and Henrico Doctor’s said they are closely monitoring the virus and working with the state health department.

Bon Secours said all patients are being screened at care entry oints and facilities through a patient questionnaire. They also have a task force in place in case of an outbreak.

The hospital is also following “standard flu precaution visitor restrictions.” People with flu symptoms are not allowed to visit. Only healthy people ages 12 and older can visit someone at Bon Secours.

The risk to Virginians remains low but health officals said the best way to prevent the spread is to do the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough.

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