April 22, 2020, Briefing - Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Questions submitted for this briefing include these topics:
- At-Risk Employees Return to Campus
- Case Reporting
- Increased Clinical Activity and Screening on Campus
- Visitor and Screening Policies at Clements University Hospital
As discussed in our April 22 briefing, we want to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our workforce. Health System leadership is in active discussions to create return-to-campus plans with this consideration in mind, and plans will be based on recommendations from our infectious disease and occupational health leadership. If you have specific concerns regarding your work duties, please speak with your immediate supervisor.
As mentioned during our April 1 weekly briefing, current numbers of COVID-19 cases at Clements University Hospital (CUH) are now included in each day’s EOC message. While we are aware that many of our staff and faculty work at other institution’s campuses, we are only able to report UT Southwestern patient numbers. At this time, all institutions are reporting COVID-19 deaths and patient demographics to Dallas County officials. For state and county numbers, please visit the Texas Health and Human Services website.
UT Southwestern is committed to keeping all patient care as safe as possible. Currently, any nonurgent office visits, such as routine checkups or elective procedures or tests, are being rescheduled until after June 1. Elective surgeries, interventional cardiology, radiology, pulmonary procedures, and endoscopy procedures are being rescheduled through May 8. Patients who need to be seen on campus are screened for both temperature and symptoms prior to entering Clements University Hospital, Zale Lipshy Pavilion, and our clinics. And all patients and staff are required to wear a face covering. We are continuously reviewing our policies to protect the health of all our patients and employees.
UT Southwestern leadership is continuously reviewing visitor policies to protect our workforce as the situation continues to change, while at the same time balancing the needs of our patients. Patients who are being screened for COVID-19 or who have already tested positive are not allowed any visitors. For more information, please see our Visitor Policy on our COVID-19 website.