Coronavirus (COVID19)

As we monitor the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, your clincal care team at Winship is steadfastly committed to your safety and well being. We are working with experts throughout Emory to keep you safe.

Visitor Policy

Updated March 15, 2022

With COVID-19 cases having decreased in our community, Emory Healthcare has moved to Tier 1 for visitation.

Please note the following:

  • Inpatients may have two (2) Care Partners at most locations. Exception: Inpatients in the BMT Unit at Emory University Hospital are restricted to one (1) Care Partner at this time.
  • Patients attending our outpatient oncology clinics, receiving infusion treatment or imaging procedures at any of the Winship locations are allowed one (1) visitor.
  • No visitors under 12 years old are allowed.
  • Upon approval from the clinical team, additional visitors may be allowed for patients receiving hospice or end-of-life care.

Any exceptions to the visitor policy will be at the discretion of the clinical care team.

All visitors must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times (including patient rooms) regardless of vaccination status.

We ask that if you are feeling sick or have a fever or cough, please contact us for guidance before coming to your appointment. We advise all patients, whether under active treatment or not, with symptoms of coronavirus, or flu, to contact their provider. Please call your team at (404) 778-1900 if you develop symptoms, and we will direct you regarding next steps. Our clinical teams are ready to answer any questions or address any concerns.

Please be assured that we are thinking of your safety, health, and comfort at all times. Thank you for trusting us with your care.

Visit Emory Healthcare's website for the most current updates on the visitor policy.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

For patients visiting our Clifton campus location, we are currently undergoing significant renovations to enhance patient service offerings and improve overall flow for patients and staff. The renovations are taking place in several phases from September 2021 through July 2022 to enhance service offerings and improve the overall flow of the first floor of the building.

Return to Clinic/COVID-19 Isolation Policy

The CDC's updated guidance stipulates that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 can resume work and community activities after 5 days while wearing a mask around others. At Winship, we serve many very vulnerable patients who may not clear the virus as quickly as the general population, so we are maintaining our policy that our most severely immune compromised patients (for example, those receiving transplant or cell therapies, active chemotherapy, or other immune suppressive treatments) can return after 20 days, and other patients may return in 10 - 14 days for elective appointments.

If you have questions about when you may return, or if you feel you need to be seen more urgently in clinic, you should contact your clinical team via the patient portal for guidance.

Vaccine Information

We encourage all of our patients, along with their caregivers and loved ones, to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 12 authorized a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna for people with compromised immune systems—who include many of our patients.

A third dose is recommended for patients who have had:

  • Received active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood within the last year
    • We recommend not getting vaccinated while you are at your lowest blood counts after a cycle of chemotherapy.
      If you will finish active treatment in the next three months, discuss the timing of your third dose with your provider.
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

In addition, the CDC recommends booster shots for everyone ages 18 and older (16 and older for those who have received the Pfizer vaccine). Caregivers and loved ones are encouraged to get a booster. CDC recommends getting your booster at least 6 months after completing your primary series if you received Pfizer or Moderna; or get your booster at least 2 months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

You should receive the same type of vaccine as you originally received. The additional dose should be administered at least four weeks after completion of the first two vaccine doses. Visit https://www.vaccines.gov to find a location offering the vaccine near you.

It is also important to remember that some patients who are significantly immunocompromised may not have a good immune response to the COVID vaccine even with a third dose. Therefore, you should also continue to mask in indoor public places, to practice social distancing, to wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and to encourage your close contacts to get vaccinated.

At Winship, we are aligned with Emory Healthcare and Emory University in our commitment to providing the safest environment to care for our patients and to protect our staff, providers, and community.

Several policies underscore our institutional commitment to health and safety:

  • Emory Healthcare requires all providers and employees to have received their COVID-19 vaccinations. Learn more
  • Emory University requires all students, faculty, and staff to be immunized for COVID-19 for the spring semester. Those with an approved exemption will be required to conduct a weekly screening test. Learn more

As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact in our community, we are aware that adjustments to the current policies and guidelines may be necessary.

General Information for our Patients

The health and safety of our patients are our top priorities. We want to reassure you that we are taking all the necessary precautions to screen for the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to prevent its potential spread. As we monitor the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, your Winship Cancer Institute (Winship) team is steadfastly committed to your safety and well being. We are working with experts throughout Emory to keep you safe.

Although most people who are infected by COVID-19 develop mild illness, certain patients with cancer may be at increased risk for more severe symptoms. Winship is committed to providing safe and necessary cancer care to our patients and will support any of our patients who may develop COVID-19 illness. Extra precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within our facilities include increased screening efforts in our outpatient clinics at each entrance, and extra cleaning of clinics and common areas.

We ask all patients to take steps to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses at all times. We recommend that all cancer patients and family members practice rigorous hand washing, social distancing, and other precautions described in CDC guidelines. We encourage all patients coming to Winship to come wearing a mask; we will provide masks for those who do not have one.

We ask that if you are feeling sick or have a fever or cough, please contact us for guidance before coming for your appointment. We advise all patients, whether under active treatment or not, with symptoms of coronavirus, or flu, to contact their provider. Please call your team at (404) 778-1900 if you develop symptoms and we will direct you regarding next steps. Our clinical teams are ready to answer any questions or address any concerns.

The situation is ever changing, so we encourage you to check the daily COVID-19 updates on the Emory Healthcare and Emory University websites.

Detailed information on COVID-19 is available at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thank you for entrusting us with your care. If you have any questions, please speak with any member of your care team during your visit.

Emory Updates and Resources on COVID-19

Emory Healthcare and Emory University are providing regular updates and resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

CDC Resources on COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has valuable information and resources about COVID-19, such as prevention tips and how it spreads.

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