Schneck implements more restrictions due COVID-19


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Schneck Medical Center has implemented further restrictions due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Effective today, the main entrance at 411 W. Tipton St., Seymour, is only accessible between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Shuttle service also will be discontinued until further notice. This measure has been taken due to social distancing guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a news release from the hospital.

The Schneck Professional Building entrance to the hospital remains open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the emergency department entrance remains open 24/7.

Every visitor and patient will be screened before entering the main entrance. People are being asked to consider arriving early for any scheduled appointments to allow time for screening.

Visitors are limited to two per patient, and they must be 18 or older. Anyone with fever and/or chills, sore throat, muscle aches, runny or stuffy nose, cough, fatigue, headache and vomiting and/or diarrhea is asked to refrain from visiting patients.

Following guidance from the CDC, surgeon general and American College of Surgeons, effective Wednesday, Schneck will postpone elective nonurgent surgeries.

The step has been taken to reduce the use of vital resources, including blood products, critical equipment and staff and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“This temporary measure will allow our hospital to enact preparedness plans we have been developing for weeks to create capacity and continue to deliver high quality care,” said Dr. Eric Fish, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This is a fluid situation, and we will make appropriate clinical decisions with our physicians and assess capacity and resources against the need of the communities we serve.”

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