On April 1, Intermountain facilities will begin to implement a questionnaire and temperature check screening process for visitors, patients, and caregivers. This screening process reduces the risk of exposure helps keep our communities healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19. Some facilities have already implemented these changes, and others plan to implement over the coming days.
Once implemented, screening will be required of all patients, guests, and caregivers (clinical and non-clinical staff) in all Intermountain care facilities before entering clinical areas. This includes a temperature check and some brief questions developed by our infection prevention partners.
On Friday, March 6th Governor Herbert declared a State of Emergency for Utah. Declaring a State of Emergency does not indicate that our state is in distress. We are in a state of readiness. This is a practice Utah has done in the past (for example in advance of wildfire season every year). Utah is taking this preemptive step now so that we can all prepare for a potential increased demand on our health services and resources. Click here for more information
The Utah Department of Health is actively monitoring an outbreak caused by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) first identified in Wuhan, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to expand in China and other countries. It is now in the United States.