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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 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.
• The business office and medical records are closed to the public. To pay a bill or 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

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  • 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

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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.
 
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Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

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Stay home if you’re sick

 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.

Please click here for more information if you have been diagnosed with or think you have coronavirus.

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.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
 
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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 at the OCH Huxford Clinic located on Hospital Road across the street from the ER entrance. 

Only symptomatic patients with a fever who have a written order from a physician or nurse practitioner will be tested. 

 

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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