Bartlett Regional Hospital will screen patients before admitting

A triage tent sits outside the emergency department entrance to Bartlett Regional Hospital in March 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Katie Bausler)

Visitors to Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency department will now enter through a triage tent to be screened for coronavirus.

Upon entering, all visitors to the front entrance of the hospital will be asked a set of screening questions by hospital staff. Visitors to the emergency department will have to pass through a yellow triage tent to answer screening questions.

Based on their symptoms and answers to the questions, staff will determine whether further testing is needed.

The tent will be open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Outside of those hours and on weekends, people will only be able to enter the hospital through the emergency department.

Visitors who are not patients will also be asked screening questions.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Juneau as of Friday. On Thursday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services confirmed the state had its first case in Anchorage.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that there were two triage tents: one at the front entrance, and one at the emergency department entrance. There is only one triage tent, at the entrance to the emergency department.

 

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