Visiting limited at Scandi Haven and SCBHS

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Swift County-Benson Health Services, managed by CentraCare and Carris Health, is no longer allowing visitors at the hospital or Scandi Haven Village. Scandi Haven provides senior housing and has a memory care unit.

 “After careful consideration, we made this difficult choice because our top priority must be the safety of our patients, staff and communities,” CentraCare Health of St. Cloud stated in a press release.

“To protect our patients, families and health care workers during the outbreak of COVID-19, CentraCare and Carris Health will be implementing temporary visitor restrictions to all CentraCare and Carris Health facilities.”

SCBHS is asking that anyone with a fever, cough and shortness of breath, symptoms of COVID-19, call ahead to the clinic or hospital to let them know they are coming in. They do not want a potentially infected person walking into the emergency room or clinic where the virus could spread to medical staff and other patients.

Those showing up at the ER or clinic door after calling in, will be met and asked to wear a mask before entering the facilities.

Visitors affected by this policy include a patient’s family and friends, students, volunteers and non-essential contracted vendors. Exceptions will be made for patient family members under special circumstances such as unstable or critically ill patients, parents of minors and end-of-life patients.

The visitation restrictions apply to all CentraCare and Carris Health locations.

“This is a rapidly evolving situation and CentraCare and Carris Health will take additional steps to help control the spread of COVID-19, as necessary,” its news release said. “We understand that interacting with friends and family can be helpful to the healing process and strongly encourage patients to connect with family members through other forms of communication, such as phone calls and video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices.”

If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness, please call CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200 to speak with a nurse, 24/7. This will ensure that you will be directed to the correct source of care. The direct line at SCBHS is 320-843-4232 and the clinic’s number is 320-843-2030.

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