Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information FOR THE COMMUNITY
Please find updated information at the links below on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- As of Friday, March 20, we have had no positive COVID-19 test results at the hospital or from the screening site, but we are still waiting on test results. It’s important to note that the lab specimens we’re sending for analysis go to large national laboratories that are severely backlogged, and it’s taking much longer than normal to receive results. We currently have eight inpatients pending results.
- We have opened a COVID-19 Screening Site in the old One Blood building near the Archbold Home Care store in Thomasville. The site, located at 2705-D East Pinetree Blvd, will be open from 9a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday. The screening service will be by physician referral only—not a walk-in basis—and only for those that are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or are known to have been directly exposed to a person who is confirmed COVID-19 positive.
- Please note that the Pinetree Pharmacy drive-through pick up lane is not a part of the COVID screening site
- We continue to work on operationalizing a drive-through screening at a location in the community
- Based on guidance from the federal government in response to COVID-19, we are making prudent decisions to practice social distancing and preserve resources by beginning a phased approach to discontinuing elective services until further notice. Patients with scheduled procedures will be individually notified if their appointment needs to be postponed. Only medically urgent or emergent procedures and services will continue.
patient visitor policy
As we continue our preparedness measures, we are taking extra precautions by temporarily suspending visitation at all Archbold facilities, with very limited exceptions, beginning Monday, March 23. If we have a confirmed COVID-19, inpatient, no visitation of that patient will be allowed.
Exceptions to the visitation policy will require a guest sticker obtained from the main entrance and will only be allowed in the following situations:
- Obstetric patients may have one visitor
- Patients who are at the end-of-life may have two visitors at a time
- Patients with behavioral conditions for whom a family member is key to their care, may have one visitor
- Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one visitor
- Minors under age 18 may have one parent or guardian
- Patients undergoing urgent/emergent surgery or procedures may have one visitor who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery
- Patients in the emergency department may have one visitor, who remains in the room at all times
- If a physician has ordered an outpatient test, please don’t bring a visitor unless necessary
Food deliveries for employees should be delivered to the East Tower doors, and interaction with the delivery person should occur outside of the building.
The Auxiliary Gift Shop will be closing Monday, March 23, until further notice. We have also discontinued flower delivery until further notice.
How can I find out the latest facts and guidance about COVID-19?
We encourage you to stay aware of the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, and the Georgia Department of Public Health at www.dph.georgia.gov. We have also summarized key information here for your convenience (Other Frequently Asked Questions).
What should our community do at this time?
- We’ve had several inquiries about what the community can do to support Archbold during this period, and we appreciate the concern and willingness to act. At this time, one of the most important ways the community can help is to follow the recommendations of the CDC and state and national officials to practice social distancing, avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and to diligently wash hands, use hand sanitizer, and cough and sneeze into an elbow or tissue. One of the greatest risks to Archbold is an outbreak of COVID-19, and we need everyone’s help to reduce that risk. With patients at Archbold still awaiting test results, we have no way of knowing yet if people in our community have been exposed, so we all need to conduct ourselves as if that is a possibility.
- As the virus becomes more community-spread around the country and state, the community should be taking precautions to identify those who are at risk of infection or may already be infected (Click here, Other Frequently Asked Questions, to see information about symptoms and when to call your physician). We recommend if someone is experiencing these symptoms to call their physician before going to the hospital or urgent care center.
- We should all take prudent steps to prevent the spread of this and many other viruses, like hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, coughing etiquette, staying home from work and public events when sick (Click here, Other Frequently Asked Questions).
- We will all follow state and federal guidance as the situation evolves and as local circumstances change.
- Our 228-CARE line now has a live person available to answer your COVID-19 questions.
What is Archbold doing in response to COVID-19?
- Multidisciplinary teams are actively engaged and have implemented patient screening processes, plans for care of COVID-19 patients, training updates for staff, limiting visitors as appropriate, and communicating internally and externally.
- We are following our existing policies and plans for infectious disease and emergency management, and the core approach to our response to this virus is the application of our existing infection control practices and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by staff, with modifications as needed to reflect the scope of the possible spread of the virus.
- We are using www.archbold.org, Archbold’s Medical Center Facebook page (and other social media platforms), digital billboards, and the Times Enterprise to keep the community updated.
Emergency Department Entrance:
As an additional precaution to keep patients and employees protected in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Archbold is asking for all employees and visitors to avoid using the Emergency Department entrances at Archbold Memorial Hospital until further notice. Employees should enter and exit through alternative entrances, and visitors should use the main entrance. Patients seeking care at the Emergency Department may still use the Emergency Department entrance.
preparing households, business and schools
If you have additional questions about COVID-19 that the information above has not addressed, please click on Other Frequenty Asked Questions. If you would like to ask a question, please click here, and click on COVID-19 Questions.