Beginning March 25 at 7:00 p.m., Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) implemented a new screening program for people entering its hospital location in Prescott.

Beginning March 26, Yavapai Regional Medical Center will implement the same changes to its campus in Prescott Valley.

“These temporary changes are for the safety and convenience of YRMC patients and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications, YRMC.

How to Access YRMC East and YRMC West

Patients will still be able to use any of the main entrances to enter and exit both of YRMC’s hospital locations. What will change is that screening stations have been established at each building entrance. This will ensure that all who enter a YRMC facility will be screened appropriately for COVID-19 symptoms before they can proceed.

The Screening Process

Everyone who arrives at YRMC West or YRMC East will go through a screening process when they arrive before they can enter a facility.

“This involves a YRMC clinician asking specific questions in order to determine where you should receive care,” Boush explained. “It will also allow our team to manage the flow of people arriving at both Medical Centers while protecting our patients and staff.”

The triage questions are:

  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have a fever?
  • Are you having difficulty breathing?

People who respond “yes” to any of these questions will be directed to one of the two tents at both YRMC East and YRMC West for further evaluation. Those who answer “no” to the three screening questions may proceed to their destination.

“We want to get our patients to the care they need as quickly and safely as possible,” said Boush. “We are discouraging visitors but understand that special circumstances may apply. In these situations, we ask that you call the unit you wish to visit for special restrictions and instructions prior to your visit.”

For more news about COVID-19, visit Yavapai County Community Health Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.