MU Health Care adds extra safety precautions as they welcome patients
COLUMBIA - MU Health Care is reopening for non COVID-19 patients and is adding extra safety measures due to the virus:
- All patients, employees and visitors will be required to wear a mask.
- Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms by phone in advance of any appointment.
- Waiting areas have been rearranged for social distancing.
- All patients, employees and visitors will be screened for temperature and symptoms when entering facilities.
- Patients requiring anesthesia or additional care will be tested for COVID-19 as an extra precaution.
- Any patient who tests positive or show symptoms will be isolated from others.
The existing visitor policy will also remain place, which means no visitors are allowed in hospitals or clinics, with the exception of one partner, spouse or coach in labor and delivery, one parent or guardian for pediatric patients, or in instances where patients are nearing end of life.
MU Health Care continues to encourage people to seek treatment if needed despite the ongoing threat of the virus.
“Delaying care may lead to additional health complications in the future, so it’s important patients continue to seek care, especially those with pre-existing or chronic conditions,” Mark Wakefield, MD, MU Health Care associate chief medical officer, said. “We understand patients may be hesitant to seek care, but we’ve taken extreme caution to ensure their safety.”