As of today, the only entrances to the hospital are through the emergency department or the labor and delivery department. Starting tomorrow, patients will be limited to one visitor.
As of this point, we have tested three individuals for the virus. We have no positive cases at this point. We have two results pending. We have one negative result; no patients have been hospitalized at this point,” said Van Loskoski, Vice President of Physician Practice at Stephens County Hospital. “At this point, four patients are quarantined at home; three of those are still under quarantine pending results and monitoring.”
Effective at noon today, March 17, entrance to the Stephens County Hospital will be limited to the emergency department or the labor and delivery department, according to a video presentation Loskoski, posted on the hospital’s Facebook page at approximately 11 a.m. this morning.
“Stephens County Hospital has activated our emergency operations plan, code “triage standby,” Loskoski stated, adding that beginning tomorrow, March 18, the hospital will limit the number of visitors allowed in the hospital.
“Each patient will be allowed one designated support person,” he said, adding that the patient would be issued a visitor “band” - similar to a patent’s hospital band – when the patient is registered.
All people who enter the hospital should be prepared to have their temperature taken, including all patients, visitors, staff and vendors, he said.
Stephens County Hospital is working with the Department of Public Health and LabCorps regarding testing for patients, but “there is a very limited supply of tests kits available nationwide, and as such, we are only able to test patients at high risk for the virus who are potential carriers based on CDC guidelines, Said Loskoski.
Others at risk are those who have come into contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19.
“If you think you may have the illness, please contact your primary care physician,” he said.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath.
In addition to the visitor limitations and the regulated entrances, the hospital has also closed the cafeteria to the general public; it is only open for staff, patients and visitors.
The hospital’s personal care homes, The Clary Care Center and The Wilkinson Care Center, are limiting visiting hours to 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Anyone needing to visit outside those hours is advised to call 706-282-5600.
All clinics are open regular hours, but patients are asked to limit the number of people they bring with them to appointments.
“If you are able, please come alone,” Loskoski said.