(MARCH 12, Norwalk) – In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) relating to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Fisher-Titus is restricting visitors at Norwalk Memorial Home, Fisher-Titus Transitional Care Unit, and The Carriage House effectively immediately.
“The health and safety of our patients and residents are our number one priority,” said Dr. Brent Burkey, president and CEO of Fisher-Titus. “While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Huron County, restrictions have been put in place as a precaution in order to protect our most vulnerable populations from COVID-19.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reviewed the COVID-19 mortality rate in the elderly and experts are recommending healthcare providers for these groups take action to limit individuals from entering the buildings and patient and resident rooms. At this time, based on guidance from health agencies, hospital visitors are not being restricted.
In addition, Norwalk Memorial Home and Carriage House residents will not partake in any off-site or community activities. Staff will provide additional assistance with laundry and other services that family members may have helped with.
Fisher-Titus has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation for several weeks, and has implemented screening measures on February 6 in accordance with public health and CDC recommendations at all patient access points. This included plans for addressing symptoms, quarantine processes, and ways to keep patients, guests, staff, and volunteers safe at the hospital, ambulatory offices, and for North Central EMS. In addition, daily reviews are ongoing to assess additional precautionary measures needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should there be a local outbreak.
“It’s important for the public to know that the community spread of COVID-19 is dynamic and an ever-evolving situation; cases and numbers of those infected with COVID-19 are subject to change at any time,” said Dr. Burkey. “Fisher-Titus will continue to monitor these changes and review our policies as required to help keep our patients, staff and community as safe as possible.”
For additional information about COVID-19 preparedness, visit fishertitus.org/coronavirus.