WEST READING, PA — Effective immediately Tower Health has implemented visitor restriction polices for all hospitals and outpatient facilities. The following restrictions apply at all Tower Health hospitals until further notice:
- No visitors under the age of 18 are permitted.
- Adult Patients may have only 1 visitor at a time.
- Pediatric Patients may have 2 visitors if both are either a parent or legal guardian.
- All visitors must be screened before entering the hospital in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH). Screening will occur at all hospital entry points on each campus.
- No visitors to patients with COVID-19 unless clinically considered.
The following restrictions apply at all Tower Health Medical Group and Tower Health Urgent Care locations:
- Each patient may only be accompanied by one support person. For pediatric patients, parents or a legal guardian may accompany.
- All support persons must be screened before entering the Tower Health Medical Group and Tower Health Urgent Care location in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH). Screening will occur at the entry point for each Tower Health Medical Group and Tower Health Urgent Care practice location.
In an abundance of caution the following precautionary measures will also be in effect:
- All activities that invite community members to any Tower Health facility for events or educational programs will be cancelled until further notice.
- Volunteer services will be restricted to only those that are clinically required.
- Only clinically required vendors will be permitted at the hospitals.
- Delivery of food, flowers, or other items from outside sources will be restricted.
“Implementing visitor restrictions is a difficult, but necessary, decision at this time,” said Clint Matthews, Tower Health President and CEO. “We will continue to monitor the policies in place as the COVID-19 situation evolves. The health and safety of our patients and team members remain our top priority. Tower Health has a team of extraordinary individuals putting forth extraordinary efforts and that will continue.”
Tower Health follows guidelines set forth by both the federal government and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for the appropriate evaluation, testing, and care of patients with suspected cases of COVID-19. Additionally, our facilities are taking all proper precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus and educating our patients, employees, and communities to do the same.
Debra Powell, MD, Chief, Section of Infectious Disease and Medical Director, Infection Prevention at Reading Hospital – Tower Health added, “If you are experiencing the typical COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, have traveled internationally in the last 14 days, or believe you have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, please stay home and contact your physician. Phone or digital contact is a preferred first step because it allows care providers to properly advise you and to prepare for your arrival to the care setting, if necessary. Tower Health caregivers are assessing patients through a series of key questions to determine risk of exposure to COVID-19. We report any suspected cases to the PA Department of Health, which then authorizes testing.”
For additional information visit towerhealth.org/COVID19.
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