COVID-19 Information

Our top priority is keeping our patients, visitors and staff safe

Our team treats patients with respiratory illnesses and other conditions every day. We have the training, tools and techniques in place to care for people who have COVID-19 and those who are at risk for it. We do this by following the guidelines identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We follow a visitor policy that keeps our patients and staff safe and limits the spread of any airborne illnesses. We will continue to screen visitors at entry points.

Visiting policy 

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  • Emergency Department: One visitor for each patient in a room.

  • Inpatient areas: Two visitors at a time for each patient.

  • Patients with active COVID-19 infections may now have visitors. Our staff will advise on safety practices and appropriate protection, such as hand hygiene and masks.

  • Parents and guardians may bring children to their own appointment or bring siblings to their child’s appointment.

  • One visitor is allowed in perioperative and procedural waiting rooms.

  • Patients nearing end of life may have additional support persons.

  • Adult patients in semiprivate rooms may have two visitors, but visits should be coordinated so only two visitors in a room at a time due to space limitations.

  • Visitors must wear masks unless they are under 2 years of age or cannot safely wear a mask.

  • Visitors who have a fever or other cold- or flu-like symptoms will not be allowed in The University of Kansas Health System facilities.

What to do if you are feeling ill

 

Contact your doctor’s office if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to the virus by someone who is COVID-19-positive.
 

Let your doctor’s office know about your symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Shortness of breath

Secondary symptoms can include the loss of taste and smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, aches or muscle pain, headache, congestion, runny nose, sore throat and chest tightness.

Help us prevent the spread of infection at the hospital

To prevent the spread of colds, seasonal flu, intestinal viral illnesses and other infectious diseases in our communities, follow these guidelines:

  • Do not visit the hospital if you or members of your household are sick, especially from an upper respiratory infection (coughing, sneezing, congestion) or gastrointestinal illness (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea).

  • Be aware that maternity units and other areas of the hospital have specific visiting guidelines.

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when visiting patients.

  • Ask for a mask when you arrive at the Emergency Department.

Learn more from our health system about COVID-19

For COVID-19 news and guidelines, visit the CDC’s website.

Thank you for helping us keep our patients, visitors and communities healthy.