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Memorial Hospital and Manor Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Community Information

Information and updates can be found at  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019 and dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

Drive through Covid Testing has closed.

  • We will continue to set up appointment times for symptomatic patients needing COVID-19 sample collections.
  • Symptomatic patients that are given a physician/provider order for COVID-19 testing can call the Laboratory at 229-243-6188 to set up an appointment for sample collection to be performed outside of Memorial Hospital and Manor beside the MRI truck on Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. COVID-19 PCR kits are available to the offices for collection of PCR samples upon request.  Samples will continue to be picked up via MHM courier and brought back to the Laboratory for processing.
  • Asymptomatic patients will be tested in the OP Lab collection area inside the hospital.
  • Preoperative patients needing COVID-19 PCR screening will be collected in the outpatient collection area inside the hospital along with any other lab work ordered.
  • SARS 2 Antigen testing is offered at Amelia and Pediatric offices with PCR collection kits available.
  • Testing is also available through the Health department region 8-2, 6 days per week. No order is required and testing through them is free. Appointments can be made by calling 229-352-6567. The schedule is available online at http://southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org/
  • We are following the most current guidelines for testing provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health. As guidelines change, we will update our policy.

Service changes

Memorial Hospital and Manor has developed a plan to begin ramping up services in a safe and thoughtful way.

As we ramp up services, we will be following steps to assure the care is safe for both our staff and our patients. These include:

  • Surgery patients will be tested for Covid-19 four to five days prior to day of procedure.
  • Self-isolation will be required for all surgery patients after Covid-19 testing.
  • Surgery patients undergoing an elective procedure who test positive will be rescheduled and retested again prior to their procedure, if appropriate.
  • Staggered appointment times to limit the number of patients in a waiting room.
  • Continued temperature screenings at all entrances of the hospital.
  • Masks will be mandatory for staff, visitors, and patients upon entry to hospital
  • Visitation policies will adjust according to Covid19 circumstances.

In addition to these measures, we have been implementing additional cleaning and infection practices. We will continue to clean/sanitize all areas daily.

For any patient concerned with making an in-person visit to their doctor’s office, we are able to provide Telehealth services for patients at AMP and Memorial Pediatrics.

COVID-19 testing will continue to be available at Memorial Hospital and Manor. Patients experiencing symptoms are encouraged to contact their physician or 229-416-8021 to speak to our infection prevention nurse.

  • Scheduled surgical procedures:
    • Same Day Surgery Patients should use the Radiology Entrance to be screened prior to registering and reporting to Same day Surgery
    • Please contact your physician or surgeon with questions regarding your case and possible exceptions.
    • These restrictions represent the decisions at this time, but additional restrictions may be deemed necessary as the situation evolves. We will also share additional information as decisions are made about other types of hospital services.
  • Scheduled OB/GYN patients
    • Scheduled OB/GYN patients should use the Entrance at the end of the labor and delivery unit.  You will be screened and given a mask before being registered and placed in a room.
  • Cafeteria services
    • Cafeteria services for the community will remain closed until we feel the risk has been reduced.

 

Patient visitor policy

Hospital Visitor guidelines as follows:

  • 1 visitor per day, once a day for non Covid patients on ICU and Med-Surg. No children under 18 allowed to visit.
  • 1 visitor per day for Covid patients. Visit can only last 15 minutes. Must be scheduled with nurse. The visitor will be required to wear PPE while in patients room. No children under age 18 are allowed to visit.
  • 1 visitor per patient for all Same day surgery patients. No children under 18 allowed to visit.
  • 1 visitor per day for all OB/GYN patients. No children under 18 allowed to visit.
  • No visitors in the Emergency Room unless approved by the charge nurse.  Children may have one parent with child unless approved by the charge nurse.

All visitors will still need to be screened and given a mask by screeners at ER and front entrance. The screener will ask the visitor to apply visitor tag when entering the building and to check out with screener when exiting through the ER and front entrance. All Inpatient visitors will be logged in and out on visitor log. All visitors will be given a mask to wear while in the hospital.

Memorial Manor – Scheduled indoor and outdoor visits – 2 visitors at the time. Indoor visits in “common area”, 2 visitors per resident with maximum of 10 visitors total in facility at one time. Compassionate care visits are only visits allowed in the resident room.

  • No weekend visitation.
  • The last scheduled time for weekday visitation is from 4pm-5pm.
  • No visitors for all Covid related patients in quarantine.

Willow Ridge

2 visitors per resident, age 18 and over.

In house visitation in sitting room beside Director’s office:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

  • 10:00-10:40am
  • 11:00-11:40am
  • 2:00-2:40pm
  • 3:00-3:40pm
  • 4:00-4:40pm

Sunday

  • 2:00-2:40pm
  • 3:00-3:40pm
  • 4:00-4:40pm

In room visitation requirements:

  • Residents must be fully vaccinated for Covid19 (two week waiting period after second vaccination).
  • Visitors must be fully vaccinated for Covid19 with copy of confirmation on file (two week waiting period after second vaccination).
  • Masks are required
  • No visiting in common areas except in Library with staff consent

All visitors will be screened when entering the facility.  Visitors with temperature over 100.5 or cold/flu symptoms/Covid postive will be denied entrance.  All visitors must wear a mask while in facility. Dining room is closed to the public until further notice.

What should you do at this time?

  • As the virus becomes more community-spread around the country and state, the community should be taking precautions to identify those who are at risk of infection or may already be infected (Click here, Other Frequently Asked Questions, to see information about symptoms and when to call your physician). We recommend if someone is experiencing these symptoms to call their physician before going to the hospital or urgent care center.
  • We should all take prudent steps to prevent the spread of this and many other viruses, like hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, coughing etiquette, staying home from work and public events when sick (Click here, Other Frequently Asked Questions).
  • We should all follow state and federal guidance as the situation evolves and as local circumstances change.

What is Memorial Hospital and Manor doing in response to COVID-19?

  • Multidisciplinary teams are actively engaged and have implemented patient screening processes, plans for care of COVID-19 patients, training updates for staff, limiting visitors as appropriate, and communicating internally and externally.
  • We are following our existing policies and plans for infectious disease and emergency management. Our response to this virus is driven by the application of our existing infection control practices and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by staff, with modifications as needed to reflect the scope of the possible spread of the virus.
  • We are using www.mh-m.org, MHM’s Facebook page, MHM Instagram page, and the Post Searchlight to keep the community updated.

How to prepare households, business and schools

Please click the following links for Department of Public Health/CDC guidance on preparing households, businesses and schools for outbreaks of COVID-19.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are common viruses that usually cause upper respiratory infections such as the common cold. Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that emerged in China that can cause severe symptoms including pneumonia.

Coronavirus prevention.

There are some everyday preventative steps you can take to help keep you and your family healthy. The Georgia Department of public health has recommended some prevention tips.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick unless you are seeking medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How is Covid-19 spread?

PERSON TO PERSON SPREAD

  • The virus can be transmitted between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

SPREAD FROM CONTACT WITH INFECTED SURFACES OR OBJECTS

  • It is possible that individuals may contract Covid-19 by touching a surface or objects that have the virus on it, and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes, but that is not thought to be the main way the virus is spread.
  • If you have symptoms and answer yes to these questions, call your doctor or the hospital at 229-246-3500 before showing up.
  • Do you have a fever greater than 100 degrees?
  • Do you have symptoms of a respiratory infection such as cough or sore throat?
  • Have you traveled within the last 14 days to an affected geographic area?
  • Have you been in contact with someone known or suspected to have Covid-19?
  • More information and updates can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019 and dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.