Nuvance Health released a media advisory announcing that they are instituting a no visitor policy at any of their facilities until further notice. This is to “continuously ensure a healthy and safe environment for patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic”, according to the network.
Additionally, Nuvance Health has established a COVID-19 Community Hotline where medical staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns. “They will also provide remote screenings if you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and travel and possible exposure history. If you meet the clinical criteria for possible infection with COVID-19, the medical staff will help you with next steps. Phone number: 888-667-9262. Hours of operation: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, seven days a week,” said the healthcare network in its release.
Danbury Hospital now has a drive-through collection site for people suspected of having the coronavirus so that they can give a specimen sample for a test without disembarking from their car. The hospital stresses that the collection site is only for people who meet all of the following criteria:
- You called your doctor’s office and had a consultation
- Based on your symptoms and other information you provided, your doctor determined that you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, and ordered a test for you
- You have a scheduled appointment at the collection site
To see all of the criteria and the process for scheduling an appointment at the drive-through site, visit www.westernconnecticuthealthnetwork.org/novel-coronavirus-covid19-update/covid19-collection-site-information
Nuvance also explained that because of the collection site, effective today, Locust Avenue will be closed at the intersections of Hospital Avenue and Osborne Street. Patient access to the Stroock Building at Danbury Hospital will be limited to a single, controlled access point at the intersection of Hospital Avenue and Locust Avenue. Patients will not be able to access the Stroock Building for medical appointments at Hospital Avenue and Osborne Street. Employees should also avoid the immediate area and enter the Gold and Red parking garages from the Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center entrance on Osborne Street, according to the network. The detours and road closure will be in effect between 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
Nuvance Health hospitals include: Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Sharon Hospital in Connecticut; Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York