Morris County Hospital is tightening its positions for protecting its patients and trying to preserve its usage of limited protective garments. In this light, MCH will enact a No Visitor Policy as of 4-5-20.
Updated Visitor Restrictions: 4-5-20
Despite still no known COVID-19 patient(s) within our walls, MCH still has concerns for an unconfirmed COVID-19 carrier. To protect our patient’s from possible exposure, we are CEASING ALL VISITATION on our Inpatient and Swing Bed Units.
Other MCH measures remaining in place:
- MCH is reducing access to its Hospital to strictly the MCH Emergency Room Entrance or through the Clinic from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Only necessary escorts of patients will be allowed to accompany a patient to Lab or X-ray for outpatient testing.
- Elective outpatient procedures will be delivered only with adequate Patient Screening and safeguarding – this decision will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis and jointly determined by the essential nature of the referring doctor and patient.
- Persons with compromised immune systems, pulmonary complications, or serious health complications should stay home.
- Limited and/or Compassionate exceptions to these restrictions may be warranted and will be evaluated on a case by case basis, with the consult of your PCP. Please contact the nurse’s station at (620) 767-6811, Ext 111 and ask to speak to the charge nurse.
All Staff have long been required to wear hospital issued masks, to wash their hands often, before entering a patient room, upon exiting a patient room, and prior to leaving the facility. Clinical Staff Associates are also encouraged to change their clothes before leaving work, in case there was any unknown exposure during their work shift.
FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL HELP ASSURE THE FASTEST TIMELINE FOR MOVING COVID-19 on THROUGH MORRIS COUNTY and KANSAS. IT WILL TAKE EVERYBODY’S EFFORT TO EXPEDITE THIS INTENT.
As for the latest testing procedures we have put into place at MCH, it is critical to know that a patient’s concern to be tested should start with 1 or 2 phone visits to build and validate the case that testing is indicated or that non-COVID-19 testing needs should be considered first. So start by calling the Public Health Department or your doctor/nurse and tell them your recent history of symptoms. An additional call to those that will be administering the test may also be required. On determining the need to test, MCH has set up a drive thru area near the north side helipad, where the patient will not even have to get out of their car to be tested. Results from our testing are taking anywhere from 24 hours to a 10 day turnaround, depending on where tests can be authorized. So plan on quarantining yourself once a test has been taken. There is hope that quicker “testing to results” options will be available in the near future.