Cleveland Clinic setting up tents to screen patients; can now conduct on-site coronavirus tests

Posted at 11:36 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 12:15:29-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic is in the process of setting up tents outside their emergency department entrances where patients will be questioned before entering their facilities.

“This is a precautionary measure to maintain the health and safety of our patients and caregivers and to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Cleveland Clinic stated Friday morning.

The clinic said they have purchased the necessary CDC components and validated the test in their lab, meaning they can now conduct on-site testing for coronavirus, allowing them to test patients and receive results rapidly – within the day, in most cases.

The clinic has also made the following changes to their visitation policy:

  • If you’re sick, have a fever or a confirmed case of COVID-19, don’t visit or accompany a patients

  • Patients may only have up to 2 people with them at any time.

  • Visitors must be age 16+.

  • Visitors can speak with a caregiver about exceptions and special circumstances.

  • No visitors are allowed from 10p-8a, unless accompanying a newly-admitted patient.

  • Visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings.

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