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Cass Regional’s COVID-19 response

Cass Regional’s COVID-19 Response

Updated Monday, March 7, 2022

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Cass Regional remains diligent in its efforts to protect patients, visitors and staff through the use of universal protective measures that focus on the booster vaccine, controlled access to the facility, infection prevention, visitor restrictions, social distancing.

Booster Vaccine

The FDA and CDC have recently announced the approval of booster vaccines for the following:

  • Any aged 65 and older at least 6 months after their Pfizer BioNTech primary series.
  • Anyone aged 18 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions at least 6 months after their Pfizer BioNTech primary series.
  • Anyone aged 18-64 whose frequent occupational or institutional exposure to COVID-19 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19, at least 6 months after their Pfizer BioNTech primary series.

Currently, Moderna and J&J are not approved for booster vaccines. Only those who received Pfizer as their primary dose are authorized to receive a booster dose.

At this time, Cass Regional will not be hosting any mass vaccination events for the booster vaccines so that we can continue to care for our patient population. To receive a booster vaccine, visit one of the many local pharmacies or discuss with your primary care physician office. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Access Control

Public access to Cass Regional Medical Center continues to be limited to the main entrance and the Emergency Department entrance. The main entrance hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Only the Emergency Department entrance will be open on weekends. All patients and visitors will be asked screening questions about symptoms, and if they have been in close proximity to any person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Infection Prevention

All patients and visitors will be required to wear masks while in common areas and outpatient treatment areas. Visitors can bring and use personal masks, such as a handmade cloth mask, or one will be provided. Staff will continue to use personal protective equipment as required. Other infection prevention measures, such as hand hygiene and frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and public areas, are ongoing. Public water fountains within the hospital are closed.

Visitor Restrictions

• Children younger than age 14 will not be permitted except under extraordinary circumstances.
• Two visitors per day are allowed in the Emergency Department, inpatient units, outpatient areas (ex., Lab, Medical Imaging, rehab), clinics (ex., family practice, specialty clinics, wound clinics), Surgery
and GI clinics, and for palliative and hospice patients during the visiting hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Mills Cancer and Rheumatology Center – no visitors are allowed in the infusion area.
• Pediatric patients may have two visitors at a time. If the patient is COVID-positive, only one visitor will be allowed per day. For purposes of visitation, pediatric patients are defined as patients under 18.
• End of life patients may have two visitors at the bedside at a time; visitors may switch out throughout the day for as long as the clinical team deems that it is safe and feasible, regardless of patient COVID-positive status.
• No overnight stays will be allowed, except for extraordinary circumstances (ex., end of life).
• Confirmed or suspected COVID-positive patients in inpatient and ICU settings may have 1 designated visitor during their entire stay and may visit for 2 hours at a time each day.
• Visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-positive patients in any other areas are not permitted except under extraordinary circumstances.

Social Distancing

All patients and visitors will be encouraged to maintain a distance of six feet from others while in the facility. Furniture in common areas such as waiting rooms and the cafeteria has been rearranged to better accommodate social distancing recommendations.

Telehealth Visit Options

The organization continues to offer telehealth options for several of its primary care and specialty clinics. Patients who are interested in a virtual visit should call the clinic office first.

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