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Infection Prevention FAQ

Can I bring someone along with me?


For the safety of our patients and staff, visitor restrictions remain in place at all Tanner facilities, with most departments and services now allowing one visitor. Please see our current Visitor Guidelines for specifics.

What should I do to protect myself?

COVID-19 is a contagious disease spread primarily through respiratory particles released during coughing, sneezing and even talking. The best prevention is to avoid exposure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions to prevent disease spread:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with others by maintaining social distance of at least six feet
  • Clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces
  • Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when out in public
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, discard the tissue and then wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face

Will I be tested for COVID-19 before my screening?

When your screening appointment is scheduled, you will be asked questions about potential COVID-19 symptoms and exposure risk.

Is it safe to come to Tanner facilities? 

Yes, the safety of our patients, staff and visitors is Tanner’s priority. Infection prevention is – and always has been – what we do every day, with every patient, at Tanner.

Precautions include:

  • appropriate use of telehealth visits and in-person appointments;
  • pre-screening of Tanner Medical Group patients before appointments for symptoms and potential COVID-19 exposure;
  • required facial coverings for everyone – medical staff, patients, visitors – while in hospitals and Tanner Medical Group practices;
  • hand sanitizing stations at all entries, exits and other critical areas within hospitals and Tanner Medical Group practices;
  • social distance accommodations during patient flow, including appointment scheduling;
  • rigorous and frequent cleaning and sanitizing of Tanner facilities, equipment and surfaces throughout the system, including a robot utilizing ultraviolet light;
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand hygiene protocols, established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for all healthcare staff;
  • continued visitor restriction in all five hospitals;
  • and daily monitoring of all healthcare staff for illness.

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