Zero Visitor Protocol Reimplemented

November 13, 2020

Zero Visitor Protocol Reimplemented at Western Plains Medical Complex

Dodge City, KS – November 13, 2020 – For the safety of our patients, our employees, and our medical staff, Western Plains Medical Complex is re-implementing certain visitor restrictions in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

Our previous limited visitation has been suspended until further notice.
   
 “Like many communities across the country, we are starting to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Dodge City,” said Rick Wallace, CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex. “We believe this proactive effort is necessary to do our part in keeping our patients and employees as safe as possible.”
 
Zero Visitor Restrictions and Guidelines

A zero visitor protocol has been re-implemented at Western Plains Medical Complex effective November 13, 2020. Some exceptions may apply (e.g. pediatric patients, obstetric patients and those receiving end-of-life care).

Screening Guidelines

We are continuing to perform a health screen for all individuals entering our facility. We must deny entry to those individuals who do not meet the evaluation criteria unless they are seeking care. The evaluation criteria include:

  • Symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting;

  • Universal masking at our facility. All individuals are required to wear a face covering.
      

The Emergency Department entrance is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


“We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care”, added Wallace. “As a regional hospital, we are continuing to serve our communities.”
   
 For up-to-date information, visit www.CDC.gov. You can also visit our website and view preparedness information for Western Plains Medical Complex at https://www.westernplainsmc.com/covid-19-information.