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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.


 

OCH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER REVISED VISITATION POLICY
The following visitation policy goes into effect on October 12, 2020, until further notice, as part of our proactive measures to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe.

• General Acute Care Inpatients: Upon admission, two individuals will be identified as part of the patient’s care team and will receive a designated armband. Only one of the two visitors may be in the room at a time. The two visitors may meet at the outpatient desk to swap out. Patients at end-of-life may have immediate family members in the 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, they are not allowed to leave the room and meals will be delivered to the visitor. Patients at end-of-life may have two visitors, but these visitors may not change throughout the visit.
• Labor and Delivery: Since this department is a locked unit, the patient may have one adult visitor throughout her L&D stay.
• Postpartum: Once a patient has been moved to the postpartum unit, new moms will be asked to identify two individuals as part of her care team who will receive a designated armband. Only one of the two visitors may be in the room at a time. The two visitors may meet at the outpatient desk to swap out.
• Pediatric: Two parents or guardians are allowed with pediatric patients We encourage any pediatric patient over age six to wear a mask when moving through the hospital.
• Newborn Follow-up: One parent/guardian and one designated adult may escort the newborn to the follow-up clinic.
• Outpatient: Adult outpatients may have one visitor throughout outpatient stay. Pediatric patients may have two parents/guardians. Visitors will remain in the waiting room at the designated 6 foot separation. Once the maximum amount of people who can safely social distance is reached, visitors may be asked to remain in 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:
• Any requests for exceptions to the visitation policy must be presented to the house manager who will coordinate with the corresponding floor manager or department director when available. Otherwise, the house manager will make decisions on exceptions.
• All patients, visitors, and employees will be screened for a fever (100.4 degrees F or higher), cough, and shortness of breath upon entrance to the hospital. All visitors will be required to wear masks while moving through 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 choose to remove their masks.
• 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 for now. The only public who should be in the cafeteria are patient visitors, and they should have the special “Visitor” armband or outpatient visitor sticker on.
• Children under the age of 14 will not be allowed to visit.
• Clergy: Clergy will be allowed in the building to visit patients but must wear a “clergy” badge upon entry and have had COVID education provided by infection control. To inquire about the COVID education, please call Wes Andrews at 662-615-3110.
• Medical records remains closed to the public. If you need medical records or a hard copy of your COVID test results, call 662-615-2900, and arrangements will be made to get the necessary paperwork to you.
• The business office is open for paying bills only. Customers will be required to be screened and will need to wear a mask.
o We strongly encourage patients to utilize our online services at och.org and click on “Pay a Bill” or “Visit Patient Portal” on the homepage.
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 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 three access points:
1. Outpatient
Monday - Friday (5 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday (closed)
2. West Tower Main Entrance
Monday - Friday (5 a.m. - noon)
Saturday and Sunday (5 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
3. Emergency Department (open 24/7)

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 36 0
July 20 - 24 171 23 0
July 27 - 31 110 12 0
August 3 - 7 114 31 0
August 10 - 14 90 10 0
August 17 - 21 109 7 48

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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