BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) Our Lady of the Lake today announced updates to its visitor guidelines and screening criteria that will go into effect March 16 until further notice. New criteria includes limiting visitation to one adult visitor per patient per day, and no person who has visited Orleans or Jefferson Parish in the last 14 days will be allowed to enter the facility.
Updates to the visitor guidelines includes:
1. Visitation of patients will be limited to one visitor (18 years or older) per patient, per day2. Visitors must receive a temperature check and answer the following questions:
- Do you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
- In the last 14 days, have you had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, someone under investigation for COVID-19 or are ill with a respiratory illness?
- Do you live in a community where there have been multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases?
- Have you visited Orleans Parish or Jefferson Parish in the past 14 days?
- Have you traveled internationally within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission?
If the visitor has a fever or answers “yes” to any of these questions, they will not be allowed to enter the facility.
In addition to these precautions, Our Lady of the Lake will be temporarily discontinuing public attendance at hospital chapel Mass at all of its locations. Daily Mass will continue to be celebrated, however the Service will instead be made available for patients via the closed circuit television system. Members of the hospital’s Pastoral Care team will serve as Eucharistic Ministers for the distribution of communion to patients and team members who request it.
Our Lady of the Lake continues to remind the community that we all play an important part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, influenza and all other viruses. We should all continue to practice social distancing, frequently wash our hands, cover coughs, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay home and contact your primary care physician.