WNJ: No patient visitation until further notice

Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center (KXII)

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center in Sherman announced Monday that no patient visitation will be allowed until further notice, with limited critical exceptions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WNJ officials said approved visitors will be screened for the following and may NOT be allowed to enter the hospital based on:

- Cold or flu-like symptoms (including cough, fever, shortness of breath)
- Recent domestic travel to areas with widespread COVID-19 infection
- Recent international travel history
- Contact with individuals with known COVID-19
- In addition, all approved visitors should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after entering the hospital
- Individuals 18 years of age and under will not be permitted.

"While we are sensitive to the difficulties facing loved ones of hospitalized patients, our healthcare providers must keep patient and staff safety paramount at this unprecedented time," the hospital said in a statement. "We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, FaceTime, and other means."

Grayson County's first two positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed Sunday night and Monday morning, respectively. The first is a person in their 40s who had recently traveled, and the second is a person in their 50s with recent travel to the Dallas area. Both are Denison residents and isolating at home. The Grayson County Health Department said anyone who was in close contact with the individuals will be contacted by the health department.