Lifespan's Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

What to Do If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to the virus or are experiencing fever or respiratory symptoms, DO NOT come unannounced to an emergency department or urgent care. Please contact you primary provider or the Rhode Island Department of Health’s screening line at  401-222-8022. 

Lifespan’s systemwide taskforce, formed in late January, is now in Incident Command mode, with daily systemwide update meetings and heightened coordination of logistics with the identification of local presumptive positive cases. The team includes physicians with expertise in infectious diseases and infection control, hospital presidents and chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, and representation from outpatient practices. Support services including human resources, environmental services, supply chain, communications are also integral.

From the onset of global concerns about the virus, we have had in place screening algorithms at points of entry for patients. Those algorithms are updated regularly as new information about the virus is available.

Visitation Changes for the Safety of Patients and Staff 

Our visitation restrictions remain in place. Learn more about visiting Lifespan hospitals »

If you have an appointment scheduled at a Lifespan hospital or office, please read these guidelines before your visit.

Lifespan Alternative Hospital Site at the Rhode Island Convention Center

Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital have partnered with Rhode Island state leaders to develop an Alternative Hospital Site at the Rhode Island Convention Center to provide care for hospitalized COVID-19 patients when additional hospital space is needed for more seriously ill patients. 
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