St. Cloud Hospital Limiting, Screening Visitors
Jake Judd | Mar 25, 2020 AT 11:18 am
(KNSI) – The St. Cloud Hospital will have limited access and everyone coming in will be screened for COVID-19.
According to CentraCare Health, the reason is to maintain the health of patients and health care workers.
The new rules are effective immediately. CentraCare also is limiting patients to one healthy visitor at a time.
The South Entrance of St. Cloud Hospital will be restricted to emergency department patients only during the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.
During these hours, all other patients and visitors should use the North Entrance.
Hospital admissions will be located in the North Entrance to register patients for procedures and appointments.
From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., patients and visitors must use the South Entrance.
All other St. Cloud Hospital entrances will be closed to the public, except for the ones noted below. Hospital staff will screen people at these entrances for respiratory illness signs and symptoms, including fever.
Entrance screening times:
- South Entrance – 24 hours per day
- North Entrance – 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- South Parking Ramp Floor 2 Information Desk – 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Center for Surgical Care Entrance (sliding door) – during business hours
Staff will conduct screenings by taking temperatures and asking a series of questions. CentraCare will deny access to those who do not pass the screening and are not seeking care.
Those in need of respiratory care will receive a mask and will be directed to a separate and designated waiting area within the emergency department.
The only visitors permitted to enter any CentraCare building are:
- Those for patients at end of life
- Those for patients who are critically ill
- Parent of minor child
- Baby delivery/labor support person