March 12, 2020
Memorial Healthcare is taking proactive measures to organize and prepare when the coronavirus virus (COVID-19) reaches Mid-Michigan.
If you or your loved one is experiencing mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, such as fever or cough, we ask that you stay home and call your primary care provider who will provide further direction. Unplanned visits can put staff, patients, hospital visitors and the community at risk. For the safety of everyone in our community, COVID-19 testing and treatment is not available on a walk-in basis.
If you are experiencing severe or worsening flu-like symptoms, such as shortness of breath, care is available through the emergency department or an urgent care location. However, this care can and will be more effective if we are notified of these symptoms before your arrival.
To help protect the community, Memorial Healthcare has implemented more rigid visitor restriction policy as part of our COVID-19 preparation plan. Only immediate family members, deemed absolutely necessary by the patient’s healthcare team will be allowed to visit, even if visitors are healthy regardless of age. Existing visitation restrictions already apply to all children age 12 and under unless here for a service. Nursing staff and attending physicians will work with families who have special circumstances, such as a critically ill or injured family member, on a case-by-case basis.
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 primary responsibility and over the last weeks our focus has been on continuing to build our capability and strengthen our readiness,” said Brian Long, Memorial Healthcare President/CEO.
Preparation of supplies, resources, staff and isolation areas have been completed and are positioned to activate if needed. In addition, Memorial Healthcare is taking precautionary measures such as the suspension of group and public events hosted at the hospital until further notice.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/COVID19 and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus. You may also visit www.MemorialHealthcare.org for links to the latest information regarding Memorial’s response and resources.