FACTS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 UPDATE TO VISITORS POLICY

As a precaution, as of 6pm tonight, Monday, March 30, JCMH is implementing a NO VISITORS policy.
For Women's Center laboring patients, one support person will be welcomed. For minors, one guardian will be able to be with the patient.
We take our job seriously to keep our patients safe and our staff well.
Thank you for your understanding.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020 UPDATE FROM JCMH

As we work with Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are adapting our structures and processes to better protect our patients, employees, and visitors.
 
JCMH is NOT shutting our doors at this time. We have made our hospital a single-entry point as of today. The front door by the Emergency entrance is the only open entry point. We will be screening ALL persons coming into the hospital and our clinics – patients and visitors. Visitors will be limited to two (2) per patient.
 
If possible for scheduled appointments, we will begin the screening process by phone call. We will be asking questions about any current symptoms, your contact with travelers and your travel locations. We are starting these calls now for our clinic patients.
 
For our Emergency Room – we are open for emergencies. If you have questions and concerns about Coronavirus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has a hotline number -877-215-8336. Emergency Rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your provider first.
 
We still want to remind you about the importance of Social Distancing (staying away from crowds), practice good Hand Hygiene (wash your hands thoroughly), and Respiratory Etiquette (cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough).
Thank you for understanding our vigilance about your safety.

Dear Community, Patients and Families:  3/14/20

Jackson County Memorial Hospital is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and community.  We are taking the following proactive measures to help prevent the introduction and spread of all respiratory illnesses including COVID-19.

Visitor Limitations:
Visitors to patients will be limited to 2 caregivers, 18 and older (unless otherwise posted).
Job Shadowing and Community tours are cancelled
These limitations are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation changes

Visitation Hours:
Strict visitation hours will be observed
No visitors permitted after 9pm nightly to patient care areas.

Health Advisory:

  • Do NOT visit if you have FEVER
  • Do NOT visit if you have COUGH
  • Do NOT visit if you have MUSCLE ACHES
  • Do NOT visit if you have ANY FLU like symptoms

Travel Advisory:  PLEASE DO NOT VISIT OUR PATIENTS IF:
You have traveled to an area that has had an outbreak of coronavirus or been in close contact with confirmed patient with COVID-19.  

If you have questions about the coronavirus, you are welcome to call the Oklahoma State Department of Health - COVID-19 Call Center: 877-215-8336
The Call Center Hours are: Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Ok State Dept of Health Call Center also has the capability to connect callers to Spanish speaking interpreters.

JCMH has implemented screening procedures and we actively examine this continually changing situation. At check-in, we may ask if you have experienced symptoms or activities such as: 

  • Fever or respiratory difficulty such as coughing or shortness of breath
  • Travel outside the country in the last 14 days, particularly to countries affected by COVID-19
  • Contact (within six feet) for an extended period with persons confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.

JCMH continues to monitor the coronavirus situation.
We are in ongoing contact with Public Health and have been for a number of weeks.
We take all precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, community and staff.

What do I do if I feel sick?
If someone has symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing AND a history of travel from an area where there is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 or contact with a person confirmed or suspicious for COVID-19, please take the following steps to prevent spread of the disease:
Seek medical attention as appropriate for the condition, with your physician or the ED.

• Call ahead whenever possible before going to a clinic or hospital to report symptoms and any potential COVID-19
contact or travel history.

• On arrival at JCMH clinics or Emergency Department you will be asked to wear a mask and will be separated from public waiting areas into a private room for further screening. Infection Prevention staff will be contacted to assess and contact public health authorities, as indicated. Any treatment and testing will follow the current Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and CDC guidance

What should I do to protect myself against the virus?

This is a rapidly evolving situation worldwide. Rely on legitimate resources for any current information such as the CDC or OSDH. Many social media pages or organizations, news outlets and other public media may not have current factual information.
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette are essential prevention measures!
• Wash your hands well and often throughout the day with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home and do not travel or go to work or school when you are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough, or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your environment.