At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we are closely monitoring updates from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

If your child has an upcoming appointment, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location.

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New COVID-19 screening protocol at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston

New COVID-19 screening protocol at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston has been monitoring the COVID-19 issue closely. We have increased the cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces throughout the hospital.

During this difficult time we continue to focus on timely care for our patients. If you have questions or concerns about upcoming clinic appointments or scheduled surgeries, please call 713-793-3740 and you will be connected with a member of your health care team.

For the health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors, and to prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID-19, we are adding additional screening. All patients and visitors will be provided a basic screening when entering our hospital front door. If additional screening is warranted, a nurse will conduct a more thorough screen.

You will see additional signage throughout our facility.

Visitation policies – reminders

  • We are limiting visitors to only one parent and child if they are coming to the hospital.
  • Only patients seeking evaluation and treatment should be brought to the hospital.
  • All visitors should be healthy. Please do not visit, and reschedule your appointment, if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees and a sore throat or cough. People who have been recently ill with the above symptoms should not visit unless they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If someone in your household is sick with the above symptoms, watch for signs of illness. If you become sick, please leave promptly.

Advice to stay healthy

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently by either washing with soap and water or rubbing your hands together with an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Hand hygiene is still the number one way to prevent illnesses and infections.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes – use tissue, dispose of properly and clean your hands after handling it. If you do not have a tissue, use the bend of your arm to cough into.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid crowds.

About COVID-19

  • COVID -19 is a novel respiratory virus that is spread through respiratory droplets.
  • The virus began in China in December and now has spread around the world.
  • On March 11 the World Health Organization declared this a pandemic, which means it is an epidemic or outbreak of an illness that has become widespread, affecting the world.
  • 85% of the cases have been mild.
  • It is now in communities and transmission is occurring person to person, either by spread of respiratory droplets (not airborne particles) from someone coughing or sneezing, or from someone touching a contaminated surface and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why hand hygiene is SO IMPORTANT.
  • Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are sore throat, fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing.

For information on how you, your school, workplace and community can prepare, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.