Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.

COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment

To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.

Quick Links:

Coronavirus Helpline: 1-866-462-3821


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EXTENDED CARE UNIT (ECU) VISITOR RESTRICTIONS:

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends visitor restrictions to facilities that serve as long-term care establishments for high-risk persons.

In line with this recommendation and with the health and safety of our patients, staff and community in mind, all visitation to our Extended Care Unit (ECU) located within Person Memorial Hospital has been suspended. 

OTHER HOSPITAL RESTRICTIONS:

  • Effective March 23, no visitors will be allowed into Person Memorial Hospital until further notice. Limited exceptions will be made for the following:

    • Patients nearing end of life or on hospice

    • Patients being discharged from the hospital (1 visitor)

    • Pediatric patients (1 visitor) - Emergency Department ONLY

Patients and visitors who meet these exceptions will be screened before entering  the hospital.

Other exceptions to this policy must be approved by Administration prior to entering the facility.
           

  • We are limiting the number of open entrances at the hospital, to include the emergency department entrance and the front entrance. The emergency department entrance will be open 24 hours per day. The front entrance will remain open from 6:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday. 
  • Staff will screen and log all staff, providers, vendors and visitors at the designated entrances. 
  • At this time, volunteer services at the hospital have been suspended. Our gift shop and waiting areas are temporarily closed, and our cafeteria is temporary closed to the public.

All visitor restrictions are in place until further notice and are subject to change as the situation evolves.

Person Memorial Hospital COVID–19 Precautionary Policy

As the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, so does our hospital’s response. Person Memorial Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to work closely with the Person County Health Department and following guidance from the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). Additionally, we are reviewing our facility’s robust emergency operations plan and proactively taking preparations out of an abundance of caution.

While we have not evaluated NOR treated any patients with this virus at our hospital to date, Person Memorial Hospital has taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • ALL visitation to the Extended Care Unit (ECU) located within Person Memorial Hospital has been suspended.
  • Starting March 23, no visitors will be allowed into Person Memorial Hospital until further notice. Limited exceptions will be made for the following:

•    Patients nearing end of life or on hospice
•    Patients being discharged from the hospital (1 visitor)


Patients and visitors who meet these exceptions will be screened before entering  the hospital. Other exceptions to this policy must be approved by Administration prior to entering the facility.

  • We are limiting the number of open entrances at the hospital, to include the emergency department entrance and the front entrance. The emergency department entrance will be open 24 hours per day. The front entrance will remain open from 6:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday. 
  • Staff will screen and log all staff, providers, vendors and visitors at the designated entrances. 
  • At this time, volunteer services at the hospital have been suspended. Our gift shop and waiting areas are temporarily closed, and our cafeteria is temporary closed to the public.
  • All visitor restrictions are in place until further notice and are subject to change as the situation evolves.

In addition, Person Memorial Hospital has taken measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection, for example.
  • Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.

Importantly, all standard operating protocols are in place year-round to help ensure the health and well-being of everyone who enters our hospital. We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.

For more information, contact the Person County/North Carolina Health Department or visit the NCDHHS website at www.ncdhhs.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov


Hygiene Reminders from the CDC

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
     

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

  • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use. Learn more here.

How to use hand sanitizer

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

For more information, visit the CDC website.