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Medina Memorial not allowing visitors to hospital, per CDC guidelines

Posted 13 March 2020 at 2:13 pm

Press Release, Orleans Community Health

We know all of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) being reported in the media and how it may impact us here at Orleans Community Health.

Protecting those entrusted to our care by providing a safe and healthy environment is our top priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our facility (Medina Memorial Hospital).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the office of Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) have recommended a variety of steps that we have been implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your continued help in battling COVID-19.

Based on the latest CDC, CMS and State recommendations and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our patients and residents, effective today, no visitors will be allowed at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Exception: Nursing staff and attending physicians will work with families who have special circumstances, such as a critically ill or injured family member, end-of-life situations, etc. on a case-by-case basis.

Anyone coming to the facility for services will follow the requirements below:

• Complete a screening prior to having services rendered

• Limit movement within the facility, do not travel from one floor to another unnecessarily

• Perform hand hygiene upon entry and exiting the facility

We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider connecting with them. These may include telephone, email, text, video chat or through social media. If you believe a visit to the facility is necessary for circumstances other than that described above, we request that you contact one of the individuals below prior to your arrival.

Our facility is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with patients and residents who are sick.

We also are staying up-to-date with the CDC recommendations as they are updated. In addition, Orleans Community Health is in close contact with the local and state health department and are following their guidance. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive updated information.

Thank you for your cooperation as we all work together to keep our patients and residents safe.

If there are questions, contact Joanna Miller, risk manager, at (585) 798-8210.

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