Avala’s priority is always the health and safety of our patients, physicians, staff and community. Avala is keeping in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor this evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

At Avala you can feel confident that we are doing everything possible to protect our community’s health and safety.

What is Avala doing?

Visitor Information

To further protect the health of our patients, staff, and the community and prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are applying many new guidelines on our campus. A modified visitor policy has been applied across Avala Hospital, Avala Imaging Center and Avala Physical Therapy beginning Monday, October 5th and effective until further notice. This policy limits the number of visitors per patient, restricts the number of entry points into our facilities and implements screening for all patients and visitors.

All Avala team members are required to wear a mask in order to further our COVID-19 preventative measures.

  • Visitor Policy Guidelines:
  • No visitors will be allowed entrance into the lobbies.
  • All visitors and patients, including vendors and contractors, will be screened at designated entry points – those who are sick or do not meet screening criteria will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • Each outpatient will be allowed 1 visitor (18 years or older) for their entire procedure. The 1 visitor must remain the same throughout the outpatient’s entire length of stay. The 1 visitor will be allowed at the bedside of the outpatient once the nurse has completed the admit process prior to the outpatient’s procedure. Once the outpatient leaves the admit area for their procedure, the 1 visitor will be asked to wait outside/or in their vehicle until the outpatient is discharged.
  • All visitors allowed to enter the facility will be required to wear a wrist band indicating they have successfully met the screening criteria. Any visitor not wearing a wrist band will be asked to leave the facility if appropriate.
  • All patients and visitors must wear masks while on the Avala campus.
  • Visitors will be notified of patient updates by Avala team members every hour.
  • Inpatient Stay Information:
  • All inpatients will be given a COVID test prior to surgery.
  • All inpatients are limited to 1 visitor (18 years or older) for their entire stay. The 1 visitor must remain the same throughout the inpatient’s entire length of stay. The 1 visitor will be allowed at the bedside of the inpatient once the nurse has completed the admit process prior to the patient’s procedure. Once the inpatient leaves the admit area for their procedure, the 1 visitor will be asked to wait outside, in their vehicle, or will be escorted to the inpatients private room until the patient is out of their procedure. If the 1 visitor should leave at any time during the inpatient’s stay, they must be back by 6pm in order to stay overnight.
  • Our Private Chef will have gourmet meals prepared for all inpatients and their 1 visitor will be offered meal options for a nominal fee.
  • Inpatients must bring home medications for their stay.

What you need to know about coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Loss of Taste/Smell
  • Repeated Shaking With Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache

How can you protect yourself?

  • People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

Stay home when you are sick. Make sure to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Don’t forget to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?

If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.

Is there a treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

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Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention