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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

As of 7/8/2020 at 7:00 a.m.

Updated COVID-19 Visitation Policy

Meadows Regional Medical Center will be making a change to our visitation policies that have been followed during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Meadows Regional Medical Center will allow NO Visitors at this time for inpatients housed in the Medical/Surgery/Telemetry (Med/Surg) Unit unless deemed necessary for providing care.

Meadows Regional Medical Center will continue to allow one (1) designated support person for surgical and cardiac cath lab patients. Patients admitted to the Women's Pavilion will be allowed one (1) designated support person. The designated support person will remain the same for the duration of the visit. They will be allowed to leave but another person cannot substitute.

Due to measures being taken to protect patients in critical condition and avoid undue exposure Meadows Regional Medical Center will continue to allow NO visitors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Progressive Care Unit (PCU), and Emergency Department (ED).

All individuals permitted entrance will be required to wear some type of facial covering. If an individual has their own facial covering they will be permitted to wear it. If they do not, one will be provided upon screening for entry.

We do recognize the hardship this type of separation can place on families who have loved ones in the hospital. To assist our patients and their families the staff in the ICU,PCU, and Medical-Surgical Unit will assist in facilitating telehealth (video conferencing) conversations daily between families and the patients.

Meadows will continue to make accommodations for end of life situations and special needs.

If a patient in any department is suspected or confirmed COVID-19 we will not allow any visitors but use telehealth (video conferencing) communication.

We will be evaluating our visitation policy weekly and share any updates.


As of April 2, 2020 at 3:28p

Updated COVID-19 Visitation Policy

Meadows Regional Medical Center is making a change to our visitation policies during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Meadows Regional Medical Center will allow only 1 designated visitor per patient in outpatient and inpatient locations including but not limited to the following areas: Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical, Progressive Care, and Labor and Delivery. The visitor will remain the same for the duration of the visit. They will be allowed to leave but another person can not substitute. 

Due to measures being taken to protect patients in critical condition and avoid undue exposure Meadows Regional Medical Center will allow no visitors in the ICU. 

We do recognize the hardship this type of separation can place on families who have a loved one in the ICU. To assist our patients and their families the staff in the ICU will assist in facilitating telehealth (video conferencing) conversations daily between families and the patients. 

If a patient in any department is suspected or confirmed COVID-19 we will not allow any visitors but use the telehealth (video conferencing) conversations. 


As of March 30, 2020 at 6:29p

Meadows Health has invested in an outdoor waiting room. At this time, the outdoor space has not been needed but as we continue to see an increase in Covid-19 in our region our goal is to always be ready and one step ahead. This offers flexibility and a potential solution for social distancing patients when they are seeking treatment. Please do not be alarmed by the sight.

         


As of March 26, 2020 at 12:00p

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at Meadows Regional Medical Center

VIDALIA, GA – A person has tested positive for COVID-19 at Meadows Regional Medical Center. The individual is currently isolated at home, and the source of the exposure is unknown.

All Georgians play a critical role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

People who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not need to be tested. Additionally, most people who are mildly or moderately ill with “cold-like” symptoms do not need testing and can safely recover at home while self-isolating and treating symptoms. Because testing equipment and medical supplies are limited, testing must be prioritized for people at highest risk of severe illness, or those most likely to spread the illness to other high-risk individuals, such as healthcare workers, emergency responders, or people living in a congregate setting like a nursing home.

For accurate information about COVID-19 in our area, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at dph.ga.gov.

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As of March 25, 2020 at 8:01p

Please click here for the slide deck from the employers webinar hosted by Meadows Health on Wednesday, March 25 at 3p


As of March 25, 2020 at 8:55am

The safety of everyone in this facility is our highest priority.  Given this, effective immediately we will be restricting visitation to ONE VISITOR per patient. Thank you for ensuring this change to policy is upheld and implemented today.


As of March 17, 2020 at 12:49pm

The Georgia Department of Public Health has established a COVID - 19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

The hotline can help with questions or concerns. Also, if you feel that you have been exposed to the virus, the hotline is able to direct you to appropriate care. 

Hotline:
(844) 442-2681

For information on developments of COVID - 19 visit https://dph.georgia.gov


As of March 16, 2020 at 3:30pm

As a community healthcare leader, Meadows Health is taking proactive steps to respond to the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19).

As part of this effort, effective immediately, we are suspending the support groups and classes listed below:

Diabetes Education Courses

· Healthy Lifestyles Classes
· Heart Failure Classes
· High Blood Pressure Classes
· Childbirth Classes
· Breastfeeding Classes
· Caring for your Newborn Classes
· Diabetes Support Group
· CPAP Support Group
· Cancer Support Group
· Cardiac Rehab

In addition, we will be closing Meadows Fitness Center, effective March 17, 2020. Gym members, please watch your email for information and details.


As of March 15, 2020 at 2:04pm

At this time Meadows has no confirmed cases of Covid-19. The original person of interest has been cleared. All tests are still being coordinated by the Department of Public Health (DPH). Patients are still receiving treatment for other diagnoses. We will continue to keep the community updated if something changes.

Meadows will continue the screening process and ask that people remain vigilant in self monitoring.

We will continue to work with the DPH when a person of concern presents at one of our treatment sites.


As of March 13, 2020 at 11:00am 

Meadows Health is caring for a person of interest that has been screened for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing by the Georgia Department of Public Health is underway.

It is important to note that all precautions have been used to protect our coworkers and the public as we follow best practice guidelines that have been established by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

VISITATION POLICY

We are committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff.

Please be reminded that Meadows continues to operate under visitor restrictions, to limit any unnecessary visits. It is encouraged that only patients and caregivers visit the hospital at this time.

Meadows Health is taking every precaution to protect our patients, our staff, and our community.

All patients and visitors will be screened upon presentation. 

Hospital guests are limited to:

  • Patients presenting in the Emergency Department or Women's Services
  • Patients with scheduled treatments or services
  • Hospitalized patients are allowed two guests
  • Outpatients will be allowed one guest
  • No children under the age of 18 will be allowed

If you do not need to come to the organization, the recommendation at this time is please avoid visiting.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are committed to the health & wellness of our patients.