What to Expect When Visiting DHS:
It has come to our attention that the community is concerned about the safety of our medical facilities at Davis Medical Center due to COVID-19.
We want to assure everyone that Davis Medical Center is a safe environment. We have taken precautions to ensure that the safety of each patient and staff member is secured to the best of our ability. We are diligent on proper PPE and sanitation. We have ionization and ultraviolet systems installed in our air duct system to ensure the air quality is safe for all patients, visitors, and staff members entering Davis Medical Center.
Your health is of the utmost importance to us. If you have a scheduled appointment or procedure, it is safe to come to our facilities.
All patients entering our facilities must wear a face mask.
If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
All visitors will now be temperature checked upon arrival and asked COVID-19 screening questions.
Davis Medical Center Restricts Visitation Based on COVID Uptick
Due to an uptick in the number of COVID positive patients, Davis Medical Center is restricting visitation to all inpatient and observation units.
Currently, DMC has a COVID positive rate of 29%. Visitation restriction will be enforced until the percentage drops below 10%.
“We had been lucky to return to pre-COVID surge visitation guidelines until today. For the safety of patients and staff, we’ll enforce stricter rules to mitigate spread of the virus,” said Dr. Catherine “Mindy” Chua, DO, FAAFP, FMNM, CPE , Davis Health System Chief Medical Officer.
The units affected include the Intensive Care Unit, North II, and the Clinical Decision Unit. Outpatient units will allow one visitor only to accompany patients for provider visits or diagnostic testing. Everyone entering the facility will be pre-screened and must be masked.
Visitation for extenuating circumstances such as the birth of a child, or end of life will be allowed under specific guidelines.
Hospital representatives say the increase in COVID positive patients is likely due to a reduction in community mask usage, lessened mask restrictions and graduation celebrations. They also worry that the upcoming Memorial Day weekend could result in more local COVID positive cases.
“There are vaccinations available to anyone who would like to be protected against COVID,” added Chua. “Those who are hospitalized were not vaccinated.”
Davis Medical Center, The Elkins-Randolph Health Department, Valley HealthCare, and a number of retail pharmacies are offering COVID vaccines free of charge. Free community screenings will be available at the Alternative Screening Unit "Drive-Thru Clinic" on the campus of Davis Medical Center May 25 through May 27, from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Until this wave passes, Davis Medical Center will monitor the daily rate of COVID positive inpatient cases to determine the level of visitation allowed. When the rate is below 10%, pre-surge visitation guidelines will apply. Visitation will be restricted when the inpatient rate is above 10%. The DHS website, https://www.davishealth-covid19.com, will be updated daily to reflect visitation rules in place.
Davis Health System to maintain mask requirements
Davis Health System will continue to require face coverings at all their locations in ensure the safety of patients, guests and employees.
On June 14, 2021, Governor Jim Justice lifted the face covering requirement for fully vaccinated state residents. Davis Health, like other hospitals, will continue to require mask use for anyone entering their medical facilities.
“To assure a safe environment for patients, visitors, and staff, we will continue to enforce the evidence-based practice of mask wearing,” said DHS Chief Medical Officer Catherine “Mindy” Chua, DO, FAAFP, FMNM, CPE. “We ask that anyone entering one of our hospitals or service areas understand that this is for your continued safety.”
According to DHS, “mask burn-out” creates unfriendly encounters at main entrances where patients are screened, and asked to comply with preventive requirements. Now that the state is following CDC guidelines allowing those who are vaccinated to drop the mask, DHS officials fear more hostility toward front line workers trying to enforce the hospital’s safe practices.
“From security staff to registration clerks, we encounter noncompliance with mask use daily. It’s our job to keep everyone inside our buildings safe, and we take that seriously,” said Kelly Cooper, head of Security at Davis Medical Center. “We’ve had these protocols in place for over a year, and the majority of our patients appreciate the steps we take to keep them safe.”
“Right now there just is not a good way to confirm who has been vaccinated and who has not,” said Chua. “Davis Health System will continue to follow CDC guidance on mask wearing, which at this time, continues to require masks in all health care facilities.”
All DHS and affiliated sites will maintain mask requirements until further notice. These include:
• Davis Medical Center
• DirectCare of Elkins
• Cancer Care Center
• Broaddus Hospital
• Health Center and Community Care Pharmacy
• Webster County Memorial Hospital
• All outpatient services.