By: Amy Lutz, CalvertHealth

Prince Frederick, MD- At CalvertHealth, our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, employees and the community that we serve. As we continue to take proactive measures and monitor the emerging situation with Coronavirus or COVID-19 and in light of Governor Hogan enacting a state of emergency in Maryland, CalvertHealth is restricting non-essential visitation to the hospital.  This is done with an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of all our patients, healthcare workers and our community partners and providers that assist in the delivery of health care to our community. The new restrictions are effective until further notice.

The newly implemented restrictions are as follows:

  • No visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted in the medical center unless they require medical care. This includes siblings of patients and newborn infants.
  • All visitors should be healthy. No visitors should come to the medical center if they are ill or have symptoms. Visitors will be screened upon entry to the medical center.
  • Limit of one visitor per patient. Exceptions may be made for end-of-life care and visitors who are healthy but require their own caregiver.
  • The restriction applies not only to patient rooms but all areas of the hospital, including the lobby, waiting areas, cafeteria, chapel, and other common areas.

As of Monday, March 16 at 6 a.m., CalvertHealth will ask that all visitors and patients of the following areas enter through the MAIN ENTRANCE:

  • Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Testing
  • Diabetic/Nutrition Individual Appts
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Infusion
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Speech Therapy
  • Spine Clinic
  • Therapeutic Outpatient Lab
  • Wound Care

Patients who are ill or symptomatic should enter through the Emergency Department Entrance.

The Main Entrance will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Evenings and weekends, all patients and visitors will use the Emergency Department entrance. All visitors should expect to be screened upon arrival to the medical center, regardless of their point of entry.

Additionally, CalvertHealth has canceled all classes, support groups, community events, and non-mandatory education. This includes scheduled visits for the health system’s Mobile Health Center.

Scheduled student clinicals and job shadows have also been canceled until further notice.

CalvertHealth acknowledges that this policy may cause some inconvenience for many patients and their family members; however, patient safety and the overall health of the community is the health system’s primary concern.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. To protect yourself take the necessary steps by cleaning your hands, avoid contact with others, stay home if you’re sick and cover coughs and sneezes

For the latest information on cases regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19, please go to

Maryland Department of Health:

https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Calvert County Health Department:

www.calverthealth.org