Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


Learn more about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

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.