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COVID-19 concerns prompt changes at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
Posted at 10:40 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 12:42:53-04

HAMILTON — Visitor restrictions remain in place at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Additionally, the hospital has limited the number of entrances into the main facility.

Patients and visitors can enter through the hospital’s main entrance, the Bitterroot Physicians Clinic, or the Emergency Department.

People wishing to visit the hospital will be screened by staff before being allowed to enter the facility.

Visitor restrictions:

  • No visitors age 17 or younger
  • Do not visit if you have had a fever or cough in the past 48 hours
  • Patients with scheduled appointments may be accompanied by one healthy adult
  • Visitors for maternity patients will be limited to parents or one visitor at anytime
  • One visitor at a time in the Hospital
  • All volunteers including auxiliary members
  • Vendors and trades (except those with approval)
  • Staff members who observe visitors with obvious symptoms of illness will ask that you leave and return when you are well
  • All visitors are required to perform diligent hand hygiene before and after interacting with patients
  • Patients who have respiratory and/or flu-like symptoms and have scheduled appointments or procedures should wear a mask and maintain proper hand hygiene
  • At the discretion of the clinical care team additional visitor restrictions may implemented on case by case basis.

Hospital officials note that they are performing enhanced environmental cleaning and that patient waiting areas have designated locations for patients with respiratory symptoms, so they are not waiting among other patients seeking care.

Visitor restrictions also remain in effect at Saint Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center in Missoula.