While still taking steps to ensure the safety of patients and healthcare workers, Brigham City Hospital announced some policy and practice changes that coincide with the governor’s order.

Following with guidance from the state, the hospital will begin resuming previously postponed elective surgeries. All patients will be screened and reviewed by medical staff prior to having any surgery, and all established protocols for protective equipment will be adhered to.

Another change is a limited allowance for visitors to the hospital. One visitor will be allowed for those admitted for inpatient services. Badges will be given to visitors indicating the room number of the patient they are visiting. One visitor will also be allowed to accompany patients accessing same-day medical services, and a partner and coach will be allowed for obstetric patients.

Anyone entering the hospital will be screened are required to wear a mask. The hospital will provide masks, if needed. Homemade masks, including scarfs, bandanas, etc., are appropriate, so long as they cover the nose and mouth. Those without masks will be provided one by the hospital. Also, the state just launched its initiative, “A Mask for Every Utahn,” that will help Utahns who may not have a face mask order one for free. Masks can be requested through the initiative at coronavirus.utah.gov/mask, and will be mailed free of charge to residents. Residents with access to masks, or who have one, should not order through the initiative due to anticipated high demand. About 2 million masks will be available, although those in critical areas of the state or healthcare workers will receive priority.

According to a statement issued by hospital spokesperson Nathan Miller, “We want the community to know that Brigham City Community Hospital remains a safe place to come for an emergency—COVID-19 related or not. Our hospital has strong protocols in place and follows guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Well before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, our hospital and parent company, HCA Healthcare, had already taken exceptional measures to face the virus head on, and plan, prepare and mitigate its potential threat. If anyone in our community is experiencing a medical emergency, don’t delay seeking medical attention. Our ER is open 24/7 and is a safe place to seek care.

See the state’s newest revised COVID-19 guidelines here.