Respiratory Virus Season Screening

Effective November 1, 2017

We need your help to protect our patients during respiratory virus season.

Respiratory virus season typically begins in the Fall (October/November) and ends in the Spring (February/ March) depending on the severity of the season. Children can spread these viruses when they are in school, day care and when they are in close contact with each other at other times. Common respiratory viruses are RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), parainfluenza, influenza, adenovirus, coronavirus, rhinovirus and enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

Dell Children’s will be performing respiratory screening and restricting visitations throughout the season, beginning Wednesday, November 1st. To protect our patients that are at risk for getting sick from visitors, we are not allowing those that have sign of symptoms to come into the hospital or children that are under the age of 6 years of age. All visitors will be screening upon arrival and entry will be restricted if ill.

Who Can Visit during Respiratory Season?

  • Healthy parents, guardians, visitors and siblings 6 years and older. All persons entering the hospital should be free of the following symptoms – fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Those who are symptomatic are asked to only return to the hospital once symptoms subside.
  • Up to 4 visitors, including parents/guardians, are allowed in the patient room at the same time.
  • Staff is required to follow occupational health guidelines for preventing the spread of respiratoryillness while onsite and during interaction with patients and families.

What Is the Screening Process?

Please allow for extra time when arriving for an appointment as visitors must be individually screened before continuing to their appointment location within the hospital.

  • Screening will occur at the Main Entrance during the operational hours as follows: weekdays(Monday- Friday) between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and weekends (Saturday-Sunday) between the hours of 8:00am-7:00pm.
  • Screening will occur at the Emergency Department Entrance 24/7 when families arrive emergently or after Main Entrance operational hours.
  • All visitors must comply with Respiratory Screening process in addition to standard Managed Access screening for the protection of our patients and families.
  • Age restrictions will not impact patient visits for Day Surgery, Specialty Care Center Outpatient Clinic, Outpatient Imaging studies, or Emergency Care. However, access to the rest of the hospital facility will be restricted. We ask that you use the entrance most appropriate to the nature of your visit.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but our first priority is the health and safety of our patients and staff.