SPECIAL STATEMENT FROM HOSPICE OF THE PANHANDLE REGARDING COVID-19 (Updated March 19, 2020)
In order to assure safety for Hospice of the Panhandle’s patients, families and staff, Hospice has updated its visitor policy at the inpatient facility beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Only those who are visiting imminently dying patients will be permitted entry. Imminently dying patients may have up to 2 visitors at the same time and no more than 4 visitors per day. Visitors to patients in Hospice’s Inpatient Facility will be screened upon arrival. The screening will include prohibiting entry for the following reasons, as determined by the Centers for Diseases Control:
Visitors have a fever;
Visitors have symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat;
They have come in contact with anyone with or suspected of having COVID-19;
They have traveled in the last 14 days to countries or areas of the U.S. with sustained community transmission (using the most up-to-date list);
Because of CDC recommendations, Hospice of the Panhandle is continuing to curtail all grief support group meetings, including Grief in Progress and Grief 101. The upcoming Remembrance Ceremony, scheduled for March 29, also has been postponed. Individual grief counseling is still available by appointment. Hospice is continuing its policy of canceling meetings for all outside non-profit and community groups that currently meet in Hospice’s Education Center.
“We recognize that this is an unprecedented time for us – for our world, our country, and for us here in the Eastern Panhandle. We also know it is also a very difficult time for family members and friends who are losing a loved being cared for by Hospice of the Panhandle. Our goal, however, is to continue to do all that we can to increase the safety of our patients, families, and our staff members, who are on the front lines,” said CEO Margaret Cogswell. “For these reasons, we will maintain this policy for visitors to our inpatient facility for the immediate future.”
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