Stay safe. Stay informed.
We understand information about coronavirus or COVID-19 can be overwhelming and sometimes scary. As your local healthcare provider, we have compiled up-to-date, accurate information for your convenience.
OCH Regional Medical Center is treating its first inpatient who has tested positive for coronavirus. The test was performed at a clinic Wednesday and the results came back early Saturday morning. The patient was admitted through the emergency room Friday after experiencing shortness of breath. “We’ve been graced with time to train our staff to …
If you have been tested for COVID-19, take the following steps to monitor your health and avoid spreading the disease to others: Isolate yourself While waiting for results, you should immediately isolate yourself at home. DO NOT GO TO WORK OR LEAVE YOUR HOME. Stay in a specific room and away from other people in …
According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, Mississippi’s estimated population is 2,976,149. As of Wednesday, April 1, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports 1,073 confirmed cases of Coronavirus or COVID-19 in the state, which is equal to roughly 0.036% of the total population. Of the current cases, there have been 22 reported …
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Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness?
Know How it Spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
YOU SHOULD CALL 911 IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
The CDC's website reports that illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Drive-through testing is available on the bottom level of OCH's parking garage, located at 400 Hospital Road, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Only symptomatic patients with a fever who have a written order from a physician or nurse practitioner will be tested.
Test results take about 3 - 5 days and will be sent to you and your provider.
If you are sick with Coronavirus/COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow these steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
OCH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER REVISED VISITATION POLICY
As part of our proactive measures to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the new visitation policy will go into effect noon, Friday, April 3, 2020, until further notice.
- OB/GYN and Postpartal: Patients may have one adult visitor throughout the hospital stay. If the designated visitor leaves the hospital, he/she will not be allowed to re-enter or change with another visitor.
- General Acute Care/ICU: No visitors allowed. Patients in this unit who are deemed by the care team to be at the end-of-life may have two adult visitors per day.
- COVID-19 Suspect/Confirmed Patients: No visitors allowed. Patients in this unit who are deemed by the care team to be at the end-of-life may have two adult visitors per day.
- Pediatric: Patients may have one parent or guardian throughout the hospital stay. If the designated visitor leaves the hospital, he/she will not be allowed to re-enter but may change with another parent or guardian.
- Outpatient: Patients may have one visitor before and after surgery or procedure.
- Emergency Room: Adult patients may have one designated visitor. Pediatric patients may have two adult visitors. However, in the event an ER patient is admitted to the hospital, the above visitation rules apply.
ADDITIONAL VISITATION INFORMATION
- Children under the age of 14 will not be allowed to visit.
- Everyone, including patients, visitors and employees, who enter the hospital, will be screened for a fever (100.4 degrees F or higher), cough, and shortness of breath.
- Please reserve flower and gift deliveries until the patient returns home.
- The cafeteria and coffee shop are closed to the general public.
- The business office and medical records are closed to the public. If you need to pay a bill or access medical records, please utilize our online services at och.org and click on “Pay a Bill” or “Visit Patient Portal” on the homepage.
- If you would like to pay a bill over the phone using a credit card, call the number on your bill or our business office at 662-615-2600 or 662-615-2601.
- If you need medical records not available on the portal, call 662-615-2900, and arrangements will be made to get the necessary paperwork to you.
- To register for the patient portal, call 662-615-2683 or email email@example.com.
- The parking garage is closed to the public. Please utilize the front parking lots. Entrance to the hospital will be limited to two access points:
- Outpatient (5 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
- Emergency Department (open 24/7)
Please remember, these changes are implemented for the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. We encourage our patients and their families to utilize remote visits through telephone or video chat. Thank you for your cooperation!
Beginning Monday, March 23, ONLY emergent and urgent surgeries and diagnostic procedures will be performed until further notice based on recommendations from the Mississippi State Department of Health. Patients who have scheduled elective surgeries or procedures will be contacted by their physician's office to discuss rescheduling.