Measure designed to keep patients, employees, community safe in light of statewide increase in COVID-19 positive cases
In response to a recent dramatic increase in positive COVID-19 cases statewide, SSM Health St. Anthony is temporarily unable to welcome visitors to its facilities. With some exceptions for cases such as labor and delivery, pediatrics and compassionate care, only patients will be permitted to seek care within SSM Health St. Anthony facilities. Visitors will not be permitted until further notice.
“As COVID-19 numbers increase in our state, we continue to treat patients at all levels of care across medical conditions, including COVID-19,” said Tammy Powell, president, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital. “As caregivers, we take seriously our duty to exhaust every measure in our toolkit to slow the spread of this virus. We have reached the point of community spread that we believe moving temporarily to a ‘no visitor’ policy is the most responsible course of action for our patients, employees and, ultimately, the larger community.”
All entrants to SSM Health St. Anthony facilities will continue to be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings and are subject to screening.
“We look forward to a day when the curve has been flattened and we can welcome visitors into our facilities, and we will certainly be watching numbers and adjusting our policies accordingly as time marches on,” Powell said. “Until that point, we encourage Oklahomans to help us fight COVID-19 by wearing masks, washing their hands and keeping a safe distance from one another – we’re all in this together.”