MCH to re-implement mask and screening policies

Medical Center Hospital will be re-implementing its mask and screening policies, according to a press release Tuesday afternoon.

At the request of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, during an on-site visit, MCH will be putting back in its screening policy for patients, visitors and staff.

For visitors, the requirements are everyone will be screened upon entry for symptoms of illness, including fever.

All visitors will be required to wear a mask upon entry into the hospital and that if a visitor should exhibit signs of illness or refuse to wear a mask, they will be prohibited entrance into the hospital.

The press release also says that patients will be required to wear a mask when entering the hospital and during treatments and that circumstances where a mask cannot be worn will be handled on a case by case basis.

For the staff, the release says that they will be required to wear a mask when entering the hospital and during treatments.

All staff will self-screen prior to start of their work schedule and will be sent home if showing signs of illness or fever.

The mask and screening policy will not affect the current visitor policy at the hospital.

Each patient will still be allowed to have visitors (with the exception of those visitors showing symptoms of illness or those who refuse to wear a mask).

Entrances for visitors into the hospital will now be restricted to the Emergency Department, the Center for Women and Infants and the Main Admitting Entrance.