Coronavirus | COVID-19

 

Infirmary Health will host appointment-only COVID-19 testing sites March 30 and 31.
 
If symptomatic, Mobile and Baldwin County residents can call 251-341-CV19 (2819) to speak with a registered nurse.
 
The appointment booking hotline will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. until March 30. This hotline is staffed by Infirmary Health personnel.
 
Appointment Qualifiers:
1. Mobile or Baldwin County residents only.
2. Must be 12 months of age or older. If over 18, must have valid ID. (Parent or guardian must present ID for pediatric patients.)
3. If the patient meets the CDC criteria to be tested, they will receive an appointment location and time.
4. The test will be administered in the car. REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE.
5. A clinician will assess symptoms and administer test if needed.
6. Once swabbed, the patient will receive clear next steps from the medical provider.
 
Appointment only clinics will be held
Monday, March 30
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
Tuesday, March 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
*Limited appointments available
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Infirmary Health Rescheduling of Elective Procedures due to COVID-19

 

During the National Pandemic regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Infirmary Health has implemented several revised policies and procedures regarding hospital visitation, outpatient services and staff education. Effective at 5 p.m. today, based on direction received from Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, all Infirmary Health elective surgical and outpatient procedures will be rescheduled. This includes procedures scheduled for the following locations:

-          Mobile Infirmary

-          North Baldwin Infirmary

-          Thomas Hospital

-          Thomas Medical Center

-          Infirmary Eastern Shore

 

An elective procedure is defined as any procedure that can be rescheduled without life-threatening implications or permanent dysfunction of an organ system or limb. This rescheduling does not apply to imaging procedures. All rescheduling will be handled on a case-by-case basis with direct physician oversight. If you are a patient and need more information on if and when your procedure will be rescheduled, please contact your physician’s office directly. No new elective procedures will be scheduled until further notice.

 

For more information on Infirmary Health’s revised policies and procedures during the national pandemic regarding COVID-19, please visit infirmaryhealth.org. We understand that many of these revisions are outside of normal routine, and we appreciate our staff’s, patients’ and community’s cooperation during this state of emergency.

 

If you feel ill, please do not go out into the community and risk infecting other individuals. Please stay home, practice social distancing and call your doctor for more information about your care. If you do not have a doctor, please call the ADPH hotline at 1-888-264-2256. For more information about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.

 

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Modified Visitor Policy

To further protect the health of our patients, staff and the community and to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Infirmary Health is modifying its visitor policy, effective until further notice. Measures include further reducing the number of public entry points and restricting all visitorsThe following facilities are included in these modifications: 

  • Mobile Infirmary 
  • North Baldwin Infirmary
  • Thomas Hospital
  • Infirmary LTAC Hospital
  • Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Colony Rehabilitation Hospital 

 

Modified Visitor Policy 

  • All visitors are prohibited from entering Infirmary Health facilities 
  • Only one caregiver for maternity patients and patients nearing end of life will be permitted to enter our facilities. All such caregivers must be approved by hospital personnel. 
  • All caregivers must be screened prior to entry. The screening includes a questionnaire and temperature check. All personnel performing the screenings have been provided with guidelines of caregivers who meet this criteria, and each situation will be critically evaluated. 
  • Caregivers must be 18 years or older and will be given a color-coded wristband that must be worn throughout the hospital 
  • All caregivers for patients on isolation must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
  • All caregivers and patients must enter through the following entrances
    • Mobile Infirmary, Infirmary LTAC Hospital, Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital: Main Entrance and Emergency Entrance
    • North Baldwin Infirmary: Emergency Entrance
    • Thomas Hospital, Colony Rehabilitation Hospital: Main Entrance and Emergency Entrance

We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we strive to maintain a safe setting for patient care. Infirmary Health reserves the right to modify or change any of the policies listed at any time. 

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Below is a list of Infirmary Health events and facilities that have been impacted by the CDC guidelines in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 

Cancellations:

  • Infirmary Health - 10th Anniversary Duathlon (April 4) *
  • Mobile Infirmary - Auxiliary $5 Jewelry Sale (April 6 & 7)
  • Mobile Infirmary - Sixth Annual Stroke Symposium (April 13)**
  • Infirmary Health Careers - iHire Days

*Please visit event websites for more information regarding T-shirt pick up.

**Events will be rescheduled. Registered participants will receive emails with more information.

 

Closed Until Further Notice:

  • Infirmary Fitness Centers (ProHealth Fitness Center, Thomas Fitness Center, North Baldwin Fitness Center) 
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation facilities 
  • EA Roberts Alzheimer's Center 
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Diabetic Resource Centers 

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Modified Vendor Policy

To further protect the health of our patients, staff and the community and to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Infirmary Health is modifying its vendor policy, effective Monday, March 16 at 5 a.m. until further notice.  Segregating vendor entry points from public entry points may create some inconvenience; however, your cooperation is appreciated. 

 

Modified Vendor Policy

  • All routine vendor appointments are suspended until further notice.

 

  • Vendor visits should be limited to the following:
    - In support of a physician caring for a patient
    - To deliver necessary supplies, instrumentation and/or equipment
    - To pick up instrumentation and/or equipment that has been used in the care of a patient

 

  • Screening questions and temperature checks will be required at the appointed vendor entrance prior to gaining access to the facility.
    - Upon entry to the facility, please continue to utilize IntelliCentrics via your regular kiosk location 

 

Patient care is our top priority; therefore, please use your best judgment to determine if your presence will benefit our patients within the Infirmary Health community. Should there be any questions, you may contact departmental management for which you are providing service.

 

·         Any vendor or contractor should refrain from entering any Infirmary Health facility who has flu-like symptoms or who has traveled outside the U.S. or to any area within the U.S. where COVID-19 is known to be active.  

·         Vendors and contractors presenting at the following Infirmary Health facilities will be directed to the following entry points:

o   Mobile Infirmary – Receiving Dock Entrance

o   North Baldwin Infirmary – Main Entrance

o   Thomas Hospital – Main Entrance

o   Infirmary LTAC Hospital – Receiving Dock Entrance (same as Mobile Infirmary)

o   Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital – Receiving Dock Entrance (same as Mobile Infirmary)

o   Colony Rehabilitation Hospital – Main Entrance (same as Thomas Hospital)

As always, all those whose work takes them into the healthcare environment are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available) and to thoroughly disinfect surfaces to help protect against the spread of viruses.

  

We appreciate your cooperation and patients as we strive to maintain a safe setting for patient care.  Infirmary Health reserves the right to modify or change any of the policies listed at any time. 

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Our health system has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff. We have developed processes to properly screen and isolate individuals who present to our hospitals and who meet the CDC criteria for the virus. To contain the spread of the virus, all patients are screened through the Admission and Emergency Departments. Patients suspected of COVID-19 will be provided with a facemask and isolated. Healthcare workers will wear personal protective equipment while caring for patients under investigation. Staff will also be monitored to ensure everyone’s safety.

 

We are asking the community to please follow these guidelines: 

  • If you are exhibiting coughing, fever, shortness of breath and have traveled out of the country or has been in contact with someone who has please call your healthcare provider. Do NOT come directly to an emergency department or clinic unless your symptoms continue to worsen.
  • If you are planning to visit someone in a medical facility and are experiencing coughing, fever and/or shortness of breath, please do NOT visit. Contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Perform good hand hygiene. CDC’s recommended guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
  • Adhere to respiratory etiquette, which means coughing or sneezing into the elbow area or using a Kleenex to cover your nose and mouth to help diminish the spread of disease.

  

Infirmary Health continues to work in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of the latest developments with COVID-19 (coronavirus). We will continue to work with our public health officials to provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff and patients within our facilities. We receive daily updates from the CDC and ADPH and can make adjustments to our Infectious Influx Plan as necessary.

 

If you have traveled outside of the US to a country with known COVID-19 outbreaks or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms, travel and your exposure to a COVID-19 patient.

 

For more information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.

 

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Who is considered a “caregiver”?

Our current modified visitor policy restricts all visitors from entering our hospitals and permits each patient one caregiver to enter the facility. Your loved one’s care team at the facility will determine if a caregiver is necessary during their stay, such as someone who will provide additional care at the bedside and be involved in the patient’s care after they are discharged. For example, a spouse or partner for the birth of a baby, parent to a child or primary caregiver.

 

All caregivers and patients are screened prior to entry. The screening includes a questionnaire and a temperature check. All personnel performing the screenings have been provided with guidelines of caregivers who meet the above criteria, and each situation will be critically evaluated. Caregivers must be 18 years or older and will be given a color-coded wristband that must be worn throughout the hospital. Caregivers who do not pass the screening will not be permitted entry. Patients who do not pass the screening will be given a facemask and isolated.

  

If you have questions about your status as a caregiver, please call the nurses station who is managing the care for your loved one.