Your health and safety is our top priority. While there have been no cases of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Jackson Oncology, we are enhancing our protocols and screening anyone who visits our campuses to identify if they have traveled in the last 14 days to an area considered to have sustained transmission* such as China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea.
Jackson Oncology is screening for patients who exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection including:
- Fever greater than 100.4º F/38º C
- or Shortness of breath
To ensure the safety of patients in the hospital, we are limiting the number of visitors on our campus:Inpatient, ICU, EC, Pediatrics:
- Two visitors at a time.
- Pre-and post-operative procedures: If a patient is being discharged home, their primary caregiver will be called to the recovery area for discharge instructions. Otherwise, visitors should remain in the waiting area.
- Outpatient clinics (reception area and exam rooms): Only two healthy visitors who do not have symptoms are allowed to accompany patients in our ambulatory areas, including Houston-area locations, effective immediately.
If you are on our campuses, you may be asked screening questions multiple times during your stay. While we know this may cause some disruption, we must do all we can to keep our patients and our workforce members safe.
We are asking visitors who have traveled – or have a household member who has traveled – to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea in the past 14 days to kindly postpone visiting our campuses when possible.
Because our cancer patients are uniquely vulnerable to coronavirus, we are committing to increased workforce precautions. Jackson Oncology has restricted all employee business travel, domestic and international. Travel restrictions are in place through April 29. We will monitor closely and re-evaluate whether an extension is needed or whether travel restrictions can be lifted when there is clear evidence that the global public health emergency is abated.
In addition, the institution is cancelling Community Relations participation at educational events, like health fairs.Jackson Oncology is unable to assist with travel outside U.S. government restrictions related to 2019 novel coronavirus disease. Patients who are unable to travel to Jackson Oncology for upcoming appointments should contact their care teams to determine next steps for care.
Protection against respiratory illnesses
Our experts say you can protect yourself from respiratory infections by:
- Refraining from touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or using an antiseptic hand gel.
- Avoiding crowded areas and sick people.
U.S. Government Response to Coronavirus
Jackson Oncology will continue to closely monitor this global health advisory and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
* Includes areas cited as part of heightened clinical screening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.