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Schneider Regional Medical Center Updates COVID-19 Advisory

At Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has

Schneider Regional Medical Center is the hospital for St. Thomas. (Source file photo by Kelsey Nowakowski)
Schneider Regional Medical Center is the hospital for St. Thomas. (Source file photo by Kelsey Nowakowski)

implemented new measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including screening procedures for visitors, patients and employees.

As of Thursday, March 19, and until further notice, visitors and employees may only access the Roy L. Schneider Hospital through the designated entry point at the front lobby on the first floor of the hospital. All persons entering the hospital will be screened for flu-like symptoms.

Persons with visible signs of illness such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath will be instructed to contact their primary care provider or the Department of Health for further evaluation. If the individual is an employee of SRMC, the person will be asked to notify their immediate supervisor and contact the employee nurse at extension 5084 for further instructions.

SRMC will continue to provide emergency care services at its Emergency Room. If an individual is experiencing any life-threatening condition, call 911.

Consistent with the medical center’s commitment to helping prevent community spread of COVID-19, it has also implemented visitor restrictions across its system. These measures are effective immediately:

 Hospital visiting hours are now limited to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 One visitor per patient.

 No visitor under the age of 18 is permitted.

SRMC is postponing elective, outpatient, non-emergent services.

It will continue to provide hemodialysis, wound care services and infusion therapy. Patients who have scheduled procedures will be contacted by their physicians’ offices for next steps.

At the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center (MKS) on St. John, services at the clinic have been suspended, with limited exceptions. MKS patients with standing orders will be able to continue to complete their labs. Outpatient laboratory services at MKS have been suspended. MKS is also not taking any new appointments or processing any WIC or health cards at this time. MKS patients are asked to call 776-8311 ext. 6606 before walking-in or for prescription medication refills. MKS will continue to see emergency cases.

SRMC has discontinued the use and access to public spaces, such as its cafeteria, gift shop and meeting spaces, which includes canceling all events open to the public and/or community groups and meetings at any of the medical center’s facilities.

SRMC leadership thanks its entire workforce for their sacrifices and dedication in continuing to provide patient care during these difficult and uncertain times.

Help to keep our community safe by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to adhere to CDC guidelines, such as:

 Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash.

 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The Schneider Regional Medical Center is continually updating these measures and will provide updates to the community as changes occur.

Contact 776-8311 ext. 2286 or 2264 for more information regarding this advisory.

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