MD Anderson implements restrictions due to 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to keeping our patients, our workforce members and our community safe throughout the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As part of our commitment, the institution is taking additional proactive measures to prevent the introduction or spread of COVID-19 at any of our campuses.

MD Anderson is:

  • Updating entry points and screening. Entry points across the institution will be limited starting Friday, March 13. All patients, visitors and employees will be screened upon entry.
  • Limiting visitors to campus. We are asking patients to limit visitors to two adults at a time. Visitors must be 18 or older to enter and must pass screening questions and must not have any respiratory viral symptoms.
  • Restricting incoming business or community visitors to our campuses. Campus visitors who are not caregivers and do not have mission-critical business with MD Anderson are restricted from campus until further notice.
  • Making changes to our workforce. Employees whose presence on campus is not deemed essential will be asked to work remotely, as determined by local managers.
  • Limiting work meetings and social gatherings. Campus events intended for large audiences are canceled or postponed.
  • Canceling all business travel, domestic and international. Travel restrictions are in place through April 29. The institution will monitor closely and re-evaluate whether an extension is needed.
  • Encouraging use of institutional Skype, WebEx and other remote participation tools to conduct meetings, when possible.
  • Encouraging workforce members to practice vigilance and caution during personal time such as spring break. Travel precautions include defined screening criteria for returning to work.
  • Canceling all volunteer shifts. All MD Anderson volunteer shifts are canceled until further notice.

“Our cancer patients are uniquely vulnerable to coronavirus. For this reason, we are committing to increased workforce precautions,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “By limiting our exposure to known and probable risks associated with the spread of COVID-19, namely travel-related exposure and large gatherings, we hope to contribute to our nation’s containment of this disease.”

For the latest information on our COVID-19 precautions, please visit www.MDAnderson.org/coronavirus.

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