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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.

Our experts in infection control are working closely with care teams in our hospital, clinics and offices to make sure they are safe for you. We also follow guidelines from the CDC and the MS State Department of Health.

Screening

We screen everyone before they enter any of our facilities. Patients who are scheduled for a surgery or procedure are screened in the pre-op assessment and the day of his/her appointment before entering the building. Anyone scheduled for a non-emergent case who has a fever and/or symptoms of COVID-19 will be rescheduled for a later date. We also screen every staff member, every day.

 

Masks and Protective Equipment

Everyone over the age of 6 is required to wear a mask when they enter our facility. Non-clinical employees wear cloth masks, and our clinical staff is equipped with protective equipment.

Cleaning

We frequently and thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces throughout all of our medical offices, waiting rooms, operating and procedure rooms, clinics and patient areas. We also clean exam, operating and procedure rooms after each patient. And, we wash our hands frequently — and have lots of hand sanitizer available for you, too.

Social Distancing

We've redesigned our patient areas to ensure social distancing, which protects you, other patients and our staff. For now, we have a restricted visitation policy but hope to return to our former policies as soon as possible.


July COVID Inpatient Statistics

DATE *(6 Total ICU Beds) Available ICU Beds (26 Total Medical/ Surgical Beds)                  Available Med/Surg Beds **Available Ventilators Total Confirmed COVID POSITIVE Patients in Facility ADULT COVID Positive Patients in ICU ADULT COVID Positive Patients on the Vent
8/1/2020 0 16 4 5 4 4
8/2/2020 0 7 4 6 4 4
8/3/2020 0 7 4 6 4 4
8/4/2020 3 4 13 7 3 1
8/5/2020 1 3 13 9 3 1
8/6/2020 2 5 13 9 3 1
*ICU Reserve Capacity: 3 possible ICU beds that could be added & staffed if urgently needed  
**Ventilator Reserve Capacity: 32 anesthesia or portable vents that could be used if needed  

OCH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER REVISED VISITATION POLICY

Beginning Friday, May 22, 2020:

OB/GYN and Postpartal: Patients may have one adult visitor throughout the hospital stay. The visitor is not allowed to leave the building but can go to the cafeteria.
• General Acute Care: Patients may have one adult visitor throughout the hospital stay. They are not allowed to leave the building but can go to the cafeteria. Patients at end-of-life may have immediate family members in room (within reason and at the discretion of the staff).
• COVID-19 Suspect/Confirmed Patients: Patients may have one adult visitor throughout the hospital stay. However, the visitor is not allowed to leave the room. Dietary will deliver guest trays to these visitors. COVID patients at end-of-life may have 2 visitors but these visitors may not change throughout the visit.
• Pediatric: Patients may have one parent or guardian throughout the hospital stay. If parent/guardian is unable to stay, they are allowed to swap out with other parent/guardian but once they leave, they are not allowed back. We encourage any pediatric patient over age 6 who must be in the halls for ambulation to wear a mask.
• Outpatient: Patients may have one visitor throughout the outpatient stay. Visitors will remain in the waiting room at the designated 6 foot separation. Once the maximum amount of people who can safely be 6 feet apart is reached, visitors may be asked to remain in the car until patient is ready for discharge.
• ICU: No visitors allowed at this time
• Emergency Room: Adult patients may have one designated visitor. Pediatric patients may have two adult visitors. In the event the patient is admitted, visitors must follow the policies above.

ADDITIONAL VISITATION INFORMATION:
• Everyone, including patients, visitors and employees, who enters the hospital, will be screened for a fever (100.4 degrees F or higher), cough, and shortness of breath. All visitors will be required to wear masks while moving throughout the hospital. Patients and visitors are allowed to remove masks while in a patient room but will assume the liability of risk of exposure if they remove it.
• Visitors entering the hospital from 5AM-5PM should only enter through the outpatient entrance. Visitors should only enter through the ER if they are with an ER patient or it is after 5PM.
• Visitors of patients will be allowed to go to the cafeteria. The only visitors who will not be allowed to leave the room are visitors of COVID positive patients and COVID suspects.
• Cafeteria remains closed to the general public. The only public who should be in the cafeteria are patient visitors and they should have the special “visitor” armband or outpatient visitor sticker.
• Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to visit.
• To access medical records, please utilize our online services.
o 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.
o 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.
o To register for the patient portal, call 662-615-2683 or email mthomas@och.org.
• 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:
1. Outpatient (5 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
2. 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!

FOLLOW THESE CDC RECOMMENDATIONS: 

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, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Wash 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

 

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
 

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • 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.
 

Clean and disinfect

 

Monitor Your Health

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

YOU SHOULD CALL 911 IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult with your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Drive-through testing is available at the OCH Huxford Clinic located at 307 Hospital Road across the street from the ER entrance. 

Patients must have a written order from their physician or nurse practitioner in order to be tested. 

Week Total Tests Positive Tests Pending
June 29 - July 3 137 28 0
July 6 - 10 199 47 0
July 13 - 18 154 34 15

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.

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