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Nash UNC Health Care to require masks for all patients, visitors

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ROCKY MOUNT — Nash UNC Health Care is adding a new layer of safety measures to protect patients, staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.  Beginning Tuesday, May 26, all patients and visitors will be issued a mask upon arrival if they do not already have one, and will be required to wear the mask while in patient care areas unless special circumstances warrant alternative protective measures. 

Nash UNC continues to limit visitors and requires screening of all patients, visitors and staff before entering its facilities. Details on visitor restrictions, entry points and screenings can be found on the nashunchealthcare.org/coronavirus webpage. 

Patients attending an outpatient medical appointment or procedure are asked a series of medical screening questions when called for the scheduling or registration of the appointment, and again when the patient arrives to the facility.  If patients or visitors meet risk factors during the entry point screening process, they may be subject to a temperature check and/or directed to self-isolate and contact their primary care provider or the health department. 

Select outpatient clinics are requiring temperature checks of all patients, based on the risk profile of their patient population or based on the type of medical service they will be receiving.  For example, the cancer center is taking temperatures for all patients due to the immunocompromised status of its patients, as is outpatient rehabilitation due to the close proximity of staff members and patient for prolonged periods of time. 

Other safety measures in place include spacing of appointments and of chairs in lobbies to ensure social distancing, encouraging proper hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning between patients, including more frequent deep cleaning of facilities. Additionally, all staff are continuously self-monitoring for temperature and symptoms, being screened upon entry for every shift, and wearing proper personal protective equipment throughout the entire care process to protect patients and themselves. 

More details on safety measures and what to expect during an appointment can be found online at nashunchealthcare.org/coronavirus.

“These measures are added layers of protection against the spread of COVID-19, and allow us to continue to provide safe and quality medical care to our community,” said Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care.  “We continue to adapt our operations and approach based on guidance from the CDC, UNC Health’s infectious disease experts and state and local health departments.”

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