LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Lafayette General Health announced this evening that in following new state recommendations regarding COVID-19, they will be restricting visitors at all of their locations and asking patients to consider telemedicine services.
Lafayette General Health Director of Communications Patricia Thompson said there are no COVID-19 coronavirus cases in any of LGH’s facilities, the following policies are being implemented to protect patients and staff:
- One Visitor Per Patient: Officials will be monitoring all entrances and exits to allow one visitor per patient in all areas of LGH’s health system. This includes inpatient and outpatient areas, physician clinics, urgent care locations, etc. The clinical staff will observe visitors for signs of fever and respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath). Visitors that are identified as high-risk per this criteria will be asked to go home and will not be able to visit the patient until they are well. For pediatric patients, two visitors will be allowed at a time. Visitors under the age of 12 are strongly discouraged. Visitor restrictions may be adjusted as necessary.
- Using ‘Health Anywhere’ App: If you think you could have been exposed to COVID-19 and are exhibiting mild symptoms, please consider a telemedicine visit by using LGH’s virtual urgent care app, Health Anywhere. With Health Anywhere, you can seek care without leaving home. LGH’s telemedicine providers have been educated about screening and have guidance for clinical protocols. Both the flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, are contagious and can be mild or severe depending on the person. LGH is encouraging the community to use telemedicine as a first line of defense and to quarantine yourself.
- Dedicated webpage about COVID-19: LGH has created a page on their website dedicated to COVID-19. Please visit www.lafayettegeneral.com/COVID-19 for FAQs, prevention and the latest news on the virus from Lafayette General Health.
Lafayette General Health officials strongly encourage those who are experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves for 14 days, avoiding contact with other people and pets. Practice rigorous hygiene, disinfect surfaces regularly and avoid sharing items.