March 22, 2020

MU Health Care is expanding its testing of patients for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Providers will no longer need to ask patients with COVID-19 symptoms about previous exposure, risk factors or travel history before ordering testing.

MU Health Care is also placing further restrictions on visitors to its hospitals and clinics. The restrictions are designed to protect employees, patients and visitors.

The new guidelines taking effect today, March 22, include:

  • Further limiting public entrances to hospitals
    • University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Missouri Psychiatric Center: Entry will be limited to the first level of the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage. The Emergency Department entrance will remain operational for patients needing care.
    • Women’s and Children’s Hospital: Entry for the public is through the main lobby entrance. The Emergency Department entrance will remain operational for patients needing care.
    • Missouri Orthopaedic Institute: Entry is through the second-floor circle-drive entrance on the east side of the building.
  • No visitors allowed at any hospitals except:
    • One partner, spouse or coach in labor and delivery.
    • One parent or guardian for pediatric patients.
    • Non-English speakers and those with special needs.
    • When patients are nearing end of life.
  • Cough and temperature screening before entry
    • In addition to patient and visitor screening, employees will have their temperature checked upon entry.

MU Health Care offers electronic cheer cards.

Mizzou Pharmacy patients who need prescriptions can take advantage of free shipping services by calling their Mizzou Pharmacy location for more details. Mizzou Pharmacy locations at South Providence, Smiley Lane and Keene Street are open via drive-thru window only for the safety of our staff and patients. The Fairview location is temporarily closed. Read more about changes to pharmacy locations.

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