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UPDATE (3-23-2020):

OXFORD — Granville Health System on Saturday further tightened its restrictions on visitors at its hospital and physician practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions do not apply to patients seeking medical treatment.

Granville Medical Center is now allowing patients just one visitor at a time. This applies to patients in the emergency department and in behavioral health services, imaging, laborator and surgical services.

All visitors must be age 12 or older.

Pediatric patients may have two visitors.

No visitors will be allowed at the Granville Health System’s physician practices. Patients seeking care at a physician practice may bring one caregiver.

“We thank the community for their cooperation with the restrictions we have had to put into place,” said John F. Snow, CEO. “All process and guidelines we are putting into place are designed to protect our patients, staff, and medical staff. The outpouring of support we have had from this community during this unprecedented crisis has been truly humbling.”

Granville Medical Center

The following restrictions are now in place at Granville Medical Center:

Patients of Granville Medical Center may have one person aged 12 or older visit.

Pediatric patients may have two people visit.

Patients receiving care in the emergency department, behavioral health services, imaging, laboratory, and surgical services are also limited to one visitor aged 12 or older.

All visitors must enter through the main entrance or emergency department entrance and will be screened to determine if they have symptoms of illness and exposure to risks.

Patients being tested or diagnosed with COVID-19 may not have visitors, except those with extraordinary circumstances.

Visitors to inpatient units will not be allowed to enter Granville Medical Center between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances or if a surgical procedure or outpatient procedure is scheduled outside of these hours and the visitor is a caregiver.

All visitors must enter through the main entrance or emergency department entrance.

The hospital is also requiring everyone to sanitize their hands when entering the hospital as well as entering and exiting patient rooms.
Children 12 years of age and younger may not visit hospital patients, even when accompanied by adults. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.

All persons entering Granville Medical Center will be screened for any symptoms and exposure risk upon arrival and will be restricted from visiting Granville Medical Center unless they are seeking medical care or have an appointment for care.

Granville Medical Center may consider exceptions to any visitation procedures and guidelines on a case-by-case basis for certain situations such as end of life situations or when a visitor is essential for a patient’s emotional well-being and care.

In addition, in lieu of visits, the facility encourages alternative means of communication such as virtual communication, including telephone calls and video-communication through personal devices.

Physician practices

Granville Health System has put the following restrictions in place at all its physician practices:

No visitors will be allowed in Granville Health System physician practices.

Patients seeking care at GHS physician practices may be accompanied by one caregiver.

Everyone must sanitize their hands when entering the physician practice.

Patients scheduling an appointment or confirming an appointment should expect additional screening questions and may receive additional guidance in preparation for the medical visit.

In order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, patients who are symptomatic may be asked to wear a surgical mask upon entry to the medical practice.

All persons entering a physician practice will be screened for any symptoms and exposure risk upon arrival and will be restricted from visiting Granville Medical Center unless they are seeking medical care or have an appointment for care.

The physician practices include:

Granville Primary Care, Butner-Creedmoor, Granville Express Care, Granville Primary Care & OB/GYN, Granville Gastroenterology, Granville Orthopaedics, Granville Heart & Vascular, Granville Urology Associates, Granville Surgical Associates, and Granville ENT.

Visitor procedures and guidelines for Brantwood Nursing and Rehab Center issued on March 10 remain unchanged.


ORIGINAL STORY:

OXFORD — To protect against the spread of COVID-19, stronger visitor restrictions went into place at Granville Medical Center.

In addition, Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center is barring all visitors. Rare exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis, including during end-of-life care.

“We ask for your cooperation with regard to the visitation policy,” said Granville Health System CEO John F. Snow. “They are a temporary measure designed to protect our patients, visitors, and our staff during this time. We thank you for your support.”

The restrictions do not apply to anyone seeking medical care.

In lieu of visits, officials encourage alternative means of communication such telephone calls and video-communication.

Granville Medical Center

The following temporary restrictions apply to Granville Medical Center:

• Visitation shall only take place between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

• All visitors must enter through the main entrance or emergency department entrance.

• Visitors to patient rooms and the emergency department will be limited to no more than two people at a time. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.

• Children 12 years of age and younger may not visit hospital patients, even when accompanied by adults. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.

• The hospital is also requiring all visitors to sanitize their hands when entering the hospital as well as entering and exiting patient rooms.

Visitors (including contractors, vendors and salespeople) who meet any of the following criteria will be restricted from visiting Granville Medical Center, unless they are seeking medical care or have an appointment for care:

• Exhibit signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

• In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.

• Had international travel within the last 14 days to Europe or countries with sustained community transmission.

• Had domestic travel within the last 14 days to states identified by the CDC with sustained community transmission.

• Reside in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

For questions, call 919-690-3000.

Brantwood Nursing Center

Brantwood will limit visitation as follows:

Visitation is restricted for all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation.

Visitation restrictions pertain to all resident contact inside the nursing home and on the Brantwood campus.

Decisions about visitation in compassionate care situations will be made on a case-by-case basis. No individuals will be allowed into Brantwood except as approved by the Brantwood administrator or her designee.

Visitors that are permitted must wear personal protective equipment including a face mask while in the building. Visitors that are permitted will also be asked to observe hand hygiene protocols, and restrict their visit to a specific room only such as the resident’s room or other location designated by the facility.

No visitor will be allowed in Brantwood who shows signs of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat).

When approved, visitation is limited to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors will be screened before being allowed to visit.

When approved for compassionate care situations, visitation to resident rooms is limited to no more than two people at a time. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.

Children 12 years of age or younger should not visit nursing home residents, even when accompanied by adults. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.

No visitor may enter Brantwood before being screened. All visitors will be accompanied to the approved visitation location by facility staff. All visitors will be required to provide their name and contact information.

These restrictions will continue until further notice. For questions call 919-690-3334.

“I want to thank the community for the kind and compassionate support as we have implemented thorough measures to protect our residents at Brantwood,” Snow said. “The grace shown during this public health emergency is not surprising for this community who has been so supportive of their community health system.”

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