Due to increases in COVID-19 outbreaks in several States across the country, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has mandated a quarantine period for all travelers returning from specific States – currently 15 states are named on the PA state website: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx.
Consistent with our adherence to the State guidelines, effective retroactively to July 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 am, Main Line Health will require a mandatory, 14-day quarantine for Employees, Medical Staff, Vendors and Students. If a medical staff member has already returned to work after July 3rd, 2020, they will be required to stop rounding in the hospital and start the 14-day quarantine period away from the hospital from the date they left the restricted State. We continue to follow the State recommendations as we know these decisions help keep our communities, patients, co-workers and ourselves protected and safe.
MLHC employed medical staff members will follow the same guidance as the employee policy and should work with their practice administrators.
Independent providers are encouraged to follow the state’s quarantine recommendations for their office practices but will be required to stay away from the hospital for the 14 days as described above.
The medical staff member and their department chair or campus chief will determine the return to the work/hospital date based on 14-days after the medical staff member leaves the restricted State –the medical staff member or the campus chief are not required to contact the Employee Exposure Line.
Please note, before returning to work in the hospital, the Medical Staff member should however call the Employee Exposure line at 484-580-4955 if:
Potential significant exposure has occurred
COVID + travel companion
COVID possible symptoms
Because of the seriousness of these recent COVID-19 outbreaks in other States, we rely on our medical staff members to provide their department chairs or chiefs with accurate and timely information regarding their travel plans to these DOH specified restricted states.
We appreciate your understanding of the need to make these changes, which will help us keep our patients, employees and medical staff safe as we continue to provide a superior experience to all.
Jim Gengaro, DO
Jon Stallkamp, MD
Andy Norton, MD