Memorial Healthcare Takes Further Precautions to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Memorial Healthcare continues to take the highest level of precautions in efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, only clinical and essential service support staff will report for their normally scheduled shifts. All other employees will be assigned work-at-home office locations or unassigned. In addition, clinical services in all Memorial Healthcare provider offices will be limited to essential services only, as defined by practice providers or facilitated through telemedicine means.

Memorial Healthcare will remain available for those seeking emergency care, emergent services, or for those individuals that are being screened/tested at our Alternate Care Site (ACS) who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

“These measures are being taken to respond to yet higher levels of concern regarding separation and distancing requirements,” said Brian L. Long, FACHE, President/CEO of Memorial Healthcare. “The State of Michigan has seen a significant increase in presumptive positive COVID-19 tests and we must do everything we can to assure we have adequate resources in the healthcare field to combat COVID-19.”

If you or your loved one is experiencing mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, such as fever or cough, Memorial Healthcare has created an Alternate Care Site, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is located on Memorial’s main campus at 826 W. King Street in the South Auditorium.

If you are experiencing severe or worsening flu-like symptoms, such as shortness of breath, you are asked to call 9-1-1 or proceed directly to the Emergency Department. If possible, we ask that you contact (989) 723-5211 prior to your arrival at the Emergency Department.

Additionally, Memorial Healthcare has temporarily closed their Perry and State Road Urgent Care locations to reallocate resources to its ACS. Many satellite laboratory and radiology locations have also temporarily closed to help fight the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you visit our COVID-19 page at www.MemorialHealthcare.org for the most recent updates on service and location information.

Memorial Healthcare is committed to providing the community with the safest and highest quality care. The hospital is closely following the latest information and recommendations by federal and statewide authorities regarding COVID-19, as well as the ongoing influenza season.

“The health and safety of our patients, staff, and community are our highest concern and our primary responsibility,” adds Long.

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