CVPH Limits Visiting To Protect Patients, Providers - Visitors will be screened before entering
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) is temporarily restricting visiting in an effort to protect patients and those who are providing care.
Patients will be limited to two designated visitors throughout the course of their hospital stay while those in the Emergency Department and the Women and Children Center are permitted one. No one under the age of 16 will be allowed to visit under these temporary guidelines. Last week, the CVPH Skilled Nursing Facility restricted all visitors until further notice.
“We know family members and loved ones play a key role in supporting and comforting those who are sick and ill. As we seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are making these temporary changes to protect our patients and our team,” explained Chief Nursing Officer Carrie Howard Canning. Visitors are strongly encouraged to remain in the patient’s room for the duration of the visit and avoid congregating in communal areas while visiting. Canning added that some modifications to this approach may be made on a case by case basis for extenuating circumstances.
Howard Canning said that all visitors will be screened before entering the hospital. They will not be permitted into the facility if they have:
a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
a new persistent cough or shortness of breath
been told to quarantine by a public health department
These new guidelines will remain in effect until COVID-19 no longer poses a health risk. CVPH officials are asking the community to exercise patience and understanding as it introduces and fine-tune this and other processes all meant to protect patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Those who are ill are asked to contact their contact their Primary Care Provider’s office and remain at home unless your health care provider instructs otherwise.
For more information on coronavirus and COVID-19, please visit:
CDC U.S. Updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
New York State Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
UVM Health Network: www.uvmhealth.org/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
You can help stop the spread of infection by:
Using soap and water, wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds each time you wash – especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice
Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our affiliates remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.