Coronavirus: St. Joe’s hospital screening staff, visitors for COVID-19

On Tuesday, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton will begin COVID-19 screening protocols and is recommending staff, patients and visitors arrive at its health-care facilities at least 30 minutes before any scheduled appointments.

In a release, St. Joe’s said it is not only running screenings for the new coronavirus but that it has also begun restricting visitors to the hospital, allowing only one family member at a time between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton will be limiting entrances at our sites and conducting COVID-19 screening of all patients, visitors, staff and physicians before entering the hospital,” the hospital said in a release on its website.

Upon arrival, patients and visitors can expect to be asked general questions about their current health, recent travel history and contact with those who have recently travelled overseas.

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