MARIPOSA — With cases of the coronavirus spreading in California — and local health officials noting “increased respiratory illnesses” around the community — beginning this week all John C. Fremont Hospital patients, visitors and staff are being screened for fever and respiratory symptoms prior to entering the hospital.
“Visitors under the age of 14 will not be allowed into the hospital to visit patients,” stated a press release issued by the hospital late last week announcing the new procedures.
“Anyone visiting a patient or resident who has a fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms will be denied entry into the hospital,” the release stated. “They will be instructed to seek treatment by their primary care provider or if they feel their symptoms are a medical emergency, they can visit the emergency department.”
Patients with respiratory complaints should call their primary care doctor prior to visiting the clinic.
Hospital officials are advising: “If you are going to visit the emergency department , please call ahead (209-966-3631) and notify staff of your symptoms.”