Columbia, SC—As a precaution to safeguard its patients and team members against potential COVID-19 exposure, Prisma Health is adding additional visitor restrictions, including screening questions, for all visitors entering hospitals. The change will roll out Monday, March 16, at all Prisma Health hospital and long term care facilities, including:
Further visitation restrictions may be enacted by select areas, and additional facility-wide measures may be implemented in the future.
“It’s important to take these precautions to ensure the health of our patients, visitors, health care providers and communities,” said Connie Steed, director of infection prevention for Prisma Health. Steed, a national leader in her field, is also president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. “By taking this proactive best-practice step, we can ensure that our hospitals remain safe places to receive high-quality care.”
Community members are asked to follow these steps when coming to visit a Prisma Health facility:
For Prisma Health Children’s Hospital (Midlands and Upstate), visitors are limited to parents only. In the absence of one or both parents, one designated caregiver will be allowed to visit the patient. All visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
Under guidance of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Prisma Health Lila Doyle is unable to allow any family members, visitors, or non-essential personnel to visit residents at Lila Doyle. Visitation will only be allowed with special circumstances, for example end-of-life care.
As an extra precaution, Prisma Health is enacting additional practices at this time:
For more information about COVID-19 and Prisma Health’s continued response, visit PrismaHealth.org/Coronavirus.