Health System Information

As a Result of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Our Region



Willis-Knighton is following CDC guidelines and those of the Louisiana Department of Health to protect our patients and our employees. Our goal is to prevent the spread of infection to those who are most vulnerable to this virus and those who deliver care.

Entrance to Willis-Knighton hospitals is now restricted to the following:

  • Physicians
  • Badged employees scheduled to work
  • Vendors delivering essential supplies for procedures (screening required)

Cafeteria access is included in this hospital restriction.

Visitor Policy Update – Effective Friday, March 27, 3:30 p.m.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has created an upheaval of the healthcare system and it is certainly obvious in our hospitals. The visitor policy is one area that has been dramatically changed. Under ordinary circumstances we welcome visitors.  But this is not an ordinary time and we must take extraordinary measures to help protect our patients and the healthcare workers who care for them.

We know this is a difficult time to have a loved one in the hospital with these restrictions. We are doing as much as we can to help patients stay in touch, even those who may not have cell phone access. The health system has provided nursing supervisors with health system cell phones for use with patients who do not have their own. We think it’s important to stay in touch, if only through a phone call.

Please review our visitor policy currently in effect. We know there may be concerns and complaints about this policy, but the action we are taking is designed to protect your loved ones and the members of our WK family too. It’s a tough time for all of us. We ask for your understanding and for your patience.


The general policy in effect today is no visitors. 


In an effort to be as humane as possible but still limit visitors, we have a few exceptions, and these visitors must all pass screening prior to entry:

Mother in Active Labor:  One visitor to a mother about to give birth. The visitor may not come and go during the process. No other visitors are permitted on the labor and delivery units.

Patient at End of Life:  Two visitors (over age 12). Visitors may not switch with others during the day. 

Children in NICU, PICU and Pediatric Unit:  Two visitors, one per day. They can switch out, but once one leaves, he/she cannot return until the next day


For patients undergoing a medically-necessary outpatient procedure, only one visitor is permitted and this person must be age 12 or older and undergo screening. Anyone accompanying an emergency patient may come inside to help register the patient but must return to their car and is not permitted into the treatment area, with these exceptions: patient is a minor, is confused or is at the end of life. If a patient is admitted to the hospital as a result of an outpatient procedure or emergency visit, the inpatient hospital policy of no visitors goes into effect, with the few exceptions as noted above.


  • Keep in touch using electronic communications. If your loved one does not have a telephone, the nursing supervisor can provide one to assure daily contact.
  • Respect the caregivers on the floors who are working long hours and giving up their time at home with their families to care for your loved one.
  • Send cards or letters to your loved one.They will be delivered, and it will brighten your loved one’s day.
  • Pray for your loved one and for the workers who are providing care and those supporting them.

We will all get through this together – cooperation is critical!


All campus activities involving the public are cancelled until further notice.

We appreciate your cooperation and regret any inconvenience this may cause.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus again when the threat of this virus has passed.



Symptoms that may appear 2 to 14 days following exposure to the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing


  1. Travel to an affected country/region
  2. Close contact (within 6 feet) with a person diagnosed with COVID-19


If you suspect you have COVID-19 AND you have one of more of the risk factors, immediately call your primary care physician for instruction.  If you do not have a primary care provider, call the Louisiana Department of Health general information line (2-1-1 or  1-855-523-2652) or your preferred healthcare provider (urgent care, emergency department) for instructions. 

DO NOT ARRIVE AT ANY HEALTHCARE PROVIDER WITHOUT CALLING FIRST TO GET INSTRUCTIONS. Arriving at a location without getting instruction risks exposure of others who do not have this virus. 

IF YOUR CONDITION IS LIFE-THREATENING, CALL 9-1-1, but be sure to SHARE YOUR SYMPTOMS and RISK FACTORS with the operator so appropriate measures can be taken when transporting you to a healthcare facility.

Avoid public areas.  Stay at home in a specific room and away from others in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom from others in your home.   I would just say “stay home if you are sick”

Limit contact with pets and animals. Since little is known about this virus, avoid contact with your pets. If you must care for a pet while ill, wash your hands before interacting with the pet and wear a facemask.

Cover your coughs and sneezes. Dispose of tissues in a lined trashcan. Wash your hands immediately.

Clean your hands often. Wash with soap and water at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your face.  Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean household/personal items daily. These include your dishes, cell phone, computer keyboard, door knobs, countertops, sink faucet handles, etc.