Area hospitals and clinics have developed and are implementing Coronavirus preparedness plans. Information from Faith Regional Health Services, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, and Providence Medical Center indicate all are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and are working with their area Department of Public Health offices.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Afua Ntem-Mensah of Faith Regional Health Systems, said “screening strategies and processes are in place at all points of entry into the heath system as part of the check in process. Those with upper respiratory tract systems will be asked if they’ve recently traveled outside the U.S. or have had contact with anyone that has traveled outside the U.S. If the answer is yes, additional questions will be asked. In addition, patients with upper respiratory tract symptoms will be required to put on a face mask and be taken to an individualized room to continue assessment of the illness and travel history.”

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