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Published on March 19, 2020

Avera Limits Hospital Visitors to Reduce COVID-19 Risks

To reduce the risk of COVID-19, Avera made the difficult decision to limit visitors to one visitor per stay for each patient. This needs to be the same visitor for the duration of the patient’s hospital stay.

Additional visitors are being asked to wait outside of the building and not in waiting rooms.

“Patient safety is our highest priority, and both federal and state health agencies recommend that the best way to prevent spread of this virus is through measures like these, so we chose to follow these recommendations,” said David Erickson, MD, Chief Medical and Innovation Officer for Avera Health.

Avera cannot allow any visitors displaying flu-like symptoms in its hospitals. “For the safety of our patients and staff, we cannot make any exceptions,” Erickson said.

If you are experiencing new onset of cough, fever over 100 degrees, or shortness of breath and feel you need medical treatment for your illness please call your clinic or 1-877-AT-AVERA (1-877-282-8372).

Avera instituted this policy because COVID-19 has reached our region. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that someone can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it.

If you have questions, please call 1-877-AT-AVERA (1-877-282-8372).

Learn more at Avera.org/COVID-19

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