COVID-19 Public Memo
The Missouri Delta Medical Center COVID-19 Task Force is working closely with local health officials, State Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) to respond to any potential COVID-19 cases in our area. We have strong infection control policies, procedures, and systems in place to screen and treat patients. We are committed to keeping our patients, staff, and community safe.
“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols at the hospital until further notice to protect patients, as well as the staff and community,” says Eric Slaughter. Missouri Delta will be limiting entrance into the hospital to the Front (main) Lobby and the Emergency Department. The Front (main) Lobby entrance hours will be limited to Monday through Friday from 6am – 7pm. The Emergency Department will serve as the access entrance on Saturday and Sunday from 8am-5pm. Only TWO visitors will be permitted per patient and all visitors will be screened prior to entry. Non-essential vendors, sales reps and visitors ages 12 and under will be prohibited from entering the hospital.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), you should call your medical provider if you answer YES to any of the following questions:
- Have you traveled in the last 14 days outside the country or in the U.S. to an area with known COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak?
- Have you been in close contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed or suspected COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing respiratory illness symptoms such as: fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
“It is critical for everyone to respect the safety of our patients and staff. Please follow our guidelines and call ahead before showing up unannounced at one of our clinics or the emergency room,” Jason Schrumpf, Missouri Delta Medical Center Chief Executive Officer said. “The call in advance will give us the opportunity to provide the patient proper protective equipment upon arrival to keep our employees and the patients around you safe.”
As the number of reported cases of the COVID-19 continues to rise, members of the COVID-19 Task Force at Missouri Delta Medical Center are asking that the community take the guidelines seriously and abide by the requests to exercise extreme caution.
If you or someone you know is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to a potential source of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider or your nearest hospital emergency department BEFORE you arrive. You will be screened and the best course of assessment and treatment will be determined.
“We apologize for this inconvenience to our patients and their loved ones,” said Jason Schrumpf. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of our community.”
The CDC is the national authority on COVID-19. Healthcare providers and the public can access the most up-to-date information about the disease on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.