The scene of someone rushing through an emergency room's door to get medical attention will not be something you see at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco, Texas, at least not until after some of the Ebola scare dies down.
According to KTVT-TV, there's a sign on the door that requires people to knock before entering the ER. The sliding glass door itself is locked.
KLIF-AM radio host Dave Williams saw this sign first hand when at the hospital Saturday.
“She said, ‘before I can let you in, I need to ask a couple of questions. Have either of you been in contact with anyone who has had Ebola?’ No. ‘Have either of you been to West Africa recently?’ No," Williams said of the conversation between he and a receptionist after he knocked on the door.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Williams added, according to KTVT. “She apologized and I said, 'No, please don’t apologize.'”
The news station reported that such restricted entry routes into health facilities might be something more hospitals institute while more than 70 people in the Dallas who helped care for the first U.S. diagnosed Ebola patient continue self-monitoring. Thus far, two nurses who helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who since died from the disease, have tested positive for the virus. One of these nurses traveled on a plane before she was tested and admitted into isolation, causing more of the country's Ebola concern to heighten.
More than 40 people who came into contact with Duncan before he was admitted to Texas Presbyterian Health Dallas last month had their own 21-day monitoring lifted just this week.
We have a point of entry screening process in place designed to help protect our patients and caregivers," the hospital's management, Baylor Scott & White Health, said in a statement to the news station.
The sign requiring people to knock before being admitted in the the ER at the hospital isn't the only one. According to KTVT, another sign asks potential patients or visitors who recently traveled internationally and are displaying certain symptoms to not enter areas where other patients are cared for.
Watch KTVT's report:
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