Following changes introduced on campus earlier this week that relaxed requirements for masks, screening and social distancing in non-UK HealthCare facilities, we have received some questions asking us to clarify which are UK HealthCare facilities.
In developing a list, we considered the following:
- COVID-19 is in decline but is not eradicated. People continue to become infected and require health care.
- We are committed to providing a safe environment of care for providers, staff and patients.
- Kentucky continues to require that face coverings be worn in a health care setting [see Executive Order 2021-386].
- The CDC continues to recommend screening, physical distancing and other infection control measures within health care settings.
Patient care facilities
With those facts in mind, face coverings, screening, physical distancing and other infection control measures are required in the following buildings where direct patient care is provided:
- Chandler Hospital Pavilions (A, G, H, HA, CC, WH)
- Kentucky Clinic and pass-through hallways
- University Health Services
- College of Dentistry
- Good Samaritan Hospital, MOB and PAC
- Shriners (Advanced Eye Care, 4th and 5th floors)
- Charles T. Wethington Building
- Pedways in and out of patient care buildings
- Eastern State Hospital
- UK Midwife Clinic, 141 N. Eagle Creek Drive
- UK HealthCare – Turfland
- Polk-Dalton Clinic
- Family Care Center
- Kentucky Clinic South
- Alumni Park Plaza Drive-Thru Clinic
- 845 Angliana Ave.
- 245 Fountain Court
- 531 Wellington Way
- UK HealthCare – Georgetown
- UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center
- UK June Buchanan Medical Clinic
- UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic – Louisville
- Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center, Wilmore
NOTE: Even if not listed above, UK HealthCare COVID protocols must be followed within any building that houses direct patient care activities.
Smart Return to pre-COVID operations
Early this month we reinforced that UK HealthCare must continue to adhere to stricter guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our people and our patients who may be at higher risk.
We have created a “Smart Return to Pre-COVID Operations Table,” which specifies four tiers of COVID risk level determined by state infection rates, our number of active COVID-positive inpatients and the percentage of immunized employees.
Current risk level: Tier 3 [refer to the table]
The numbers we are monitoring are moving in the right direction. We may be able to announce a move to a lower risk level in the near future. In the meantime, in the facilities listed above, we must maintain all of the listed activities as outlined under Tier 3.