UW Health, UnityPoint Health visitors to be screened upon entry for COVID-19

Screening includes several questions, temperature reading
UW Health

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health and UnityPoint Health – Meriter are implementing COVID-19 screening procedures for patient visitors who wish to visit the medical facilities.

According to a press release, hospital staff at UW Health “anticipate expanding that policy to other hospitals and clinics.”

Screenings include a short series of questions and temperature reading.

“Depending on screening results, staff may consult with the patient or visitor’s clinic before the patient proceeds to their appointment. For example, visitors who have symptoms might be sent home or to the emergency department,” the UW Health press release stated.

Healthcare decision makers and visitors for end-of-life patients will be allowed at UW Health. One support person will also be allowed to accompany a cognitively disabled or physically impaired patient to a clinic visit. At the American Family Children’s Hospital, two primary support people will be allowed.

According to a news release, UnityPoint Health – Meriter will allow one support person in the Birth Center and two support persons for pediatric/NICU patients. End-of-life patients will be allowed visitors in coordination with hospital staff.

To see what the screening process will look like, click here.