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RRH Visitor Restrictions Remain in Effect

Russell Regional Hospital LogoEffective March 25, Russell Regional Hospital and Physicians Clinic patients seeking medical care are to access the facility through the main entrance.

The entrance will be unlocked between the hours of 7 AM and 6 PM Monday through Friday and 8 AM to Noon on Saturdays.

Emergency Room patients are to enter through the ER entrance located just east of the main entrance.

Hospital staff will be present at the front entrance to greet and screen everyone. They will immediately take your temperature and ask a series of questions.

This screening process assists in determining possible symptoms of the coronavirus. You may also be asked to wear a mask.

After the screening, patients are encouraged to register for their appointment or ancillary service.

Patients coming to the Specialty Clinic will continue to enter the front entrance of the Specialty Clinic. They will also complete the screening process.

Chairs have also been strategically placed in lobby areas to encourage social distancing.

Russell Regional Hospital highly encourages you to take an active approach to help stop the spread of the respiratory illness by:

  • social distancing and limiting travel,
  • wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
  • use hand sanitizer,
  • cover your cough,
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick,
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth,
  • stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care if needed, and
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Russell Regional Hospital hopes you understand the precautions they are taking to protect residents, patients, staff and the community. They encourage you to assist in those efforts by continuing to practice the precautions listed by the local health department, KDHE and CDC to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

"Russell Regional Hospital wants the community to know we are taking necessary precautions and preparations in the event our community experiences an influx of COVID-19 patients," said a statement from RRH.

"Facility restrictions were first initiated on March 15, 2020 and we continue to update our restrictions and our preparedness as the situation evolves. RRH is asking everyone to work together to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)."

"RRH and RRHPC along with the Russell County Health Department is asking the community to help assist us with this by helping to identify symptoms prior to presenting to the facility. COVID-19 can present with symptoms that we see with the common cold or even seasonal influenza. The most common symptoms with COVID-19 are fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. If presenting to Russell Regional Hospital or the RRH Physicians Clinic we ask you to please phone ahead so we can provide further instruction and take necessary precautions for everyone's health and safety."

"By working together we can help protect the health and safety of our patients, residents, employees and community! Russell Regional Hospital and RRH Physicians Clinic sends a sincere thank you to everyone for assisting in this matter and wants you to know we are here for you! Please do not hesitate to contact the following if you have questions: Russell County Public Health Department at 785-483-6433, Russell Hospital Physicians Clinic at 785-483-3333 or Russell Regional Hospital at 785-483-3131."

More information may be found at kdheks.gov, CDC.gov and russellcountyhealthdept.com.

(Information courtesy Russell Regional Hospital.)

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