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LifeBridge Health announces hospital visitor policy changes due to coronavirus

Posted at 4:08 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 06:49:36-04

BALTIMORE — LifeBridge Health announced that they are changing their hospital visitor policy given concerns over the coronavirus.

LifeBridge says the changes will take effect on Wednesday. These changes will affect Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital, Levindale and Grace Medical Center.

The hospital visitor policy will be as follows:

• All visitors must check in at a visitor information desk.
• No visitors under age 18 are allowed, unless they are the parent of a child in the hospital.
• Only one adult visitor allowed per patient in all areas of the hospital.
• Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms (runny nose, fever and cough) and will not be allowed to visit if symptoms persist
• Visitors with international travel may not visit for 14 days after arrival in the United States

LifeBridge stated that visitors to Sinai, Northwest and Carroll hospitals may notice tents outside the emergency departments at those facilities.

As part of their COVID-19 planning, their teams recognized that should there be a widespread outbreak of COVID-19, there could be a need for a large area to screen and triage people who may have this new virus.

So out of an abundance of caution, they have taken the proactive measure to put up tents outside the emergency departments at Sinai, Northwest and Carroll hospitals.

LifeBridge hopes that they will not have a need for them, having these tents in place will allow their teams to respond more quickly should the need arise.

LifeBridge Health will provide updates on its COVID-19 response plans at: lifebridgehealth.org/COVID19