Lifespan's Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus Symptoms and Guidance

While we stand ready to care for those who may need hospital-level care, public health officials have advised that those concerned about exposure to the virus who are experiencing fever or respiratory symptoms, especially with a recent international travel history or close contact with someone who has traveled, should NOT come unannounced to an emergency department or urgent care, but rather contact their primary provider or the Rhode Island Department of Health’s screening line at  401-222-8022. They will be counseled on whether, when and where the patient should be evaluated.

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 for symptoms and travel history at points of entry for patients. Those algorithms are updated regularly as new information about the virus is available, including screening for travel to those areas known to have widespread, sustained community transmission.

Our visitation restrictions remain in place. No visitors will be allowed in adult units at our Lifespan hospitals. Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital will have modified policies to allow for accompaniment by one parent. Newport Hospital maternity services will allow for a birthing partner only. 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.

More about Rhode Island's response to the Novel Coronavirus (health.ri.gov) »