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Scotland County Hospital Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

3/26/2021

With COVID-19 infections falling and vaccination rates climbing, Scotland County Hospital (SCH) officials are loosening COVID-19 restrictions for visitors and patients and making other changes to accommodate patients, staff and visitors. Starting March 27th, staff screeners will no longer be stationed at the entrances to Memphis Medical Services and the Hospital. Rather, as people enter the facilities, a free-standing, non-contact infra-red temperature assessment device will serve as the initial fever check to identify and triage people who may have elevated temperatures. Once assessed for fever by the temperature assessment device, registration staff at both the Hospital and clinic will ask patients a list of COVID-19 related questions.

Starting April 1st, visitor restrictions will change to allow up to 2 individuals in with non-COVID patients (inpatient, outpatient or clinic patient). The current policy of no visitors for COVID-19 positive or person under investigation patients, unless end of life, will continue. Visiting hours are from 8 am – 8 pm. Daily quiet hours are from 1-3 pm; please avoid visiting inpatients during this time. “We realize the importance of having family members with their patients while they are in the hospital to help them navigate and recover from their illness,” said Shane Wilson, DO, Hospitalist & Internist. Scotland County Hospital officials recognize the importance of family presence and engagement to promote holistic patient health and well-being. Dr. Wilson said, "Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, limitations to hospital visitors have been put in place in order to minimize transmission to others. As circumstances change we will continue to modify the guidelines. We remain committed to supporting family presence and participation of those who are essential to the care of the patient while continuing to minimize avoidable exposure to COVID-19 whenever possible."

The Hospital will no longer do internal pre-op COVID-19 testing on patients receiving procedures at SCH, while external orders (for patients having surgeries/procedures at other facilities) for pre-op COVID-19 testing will be treated as a regular Lab order. The patient will enter, go to outpatient registration then go to Lab for their pre-op swab.

The North Entrance door to the inpatient wing (next to the Care Center) will remain closed for now. Facemasks are required at the Hospital and any of the rural health clinics. Social distancing measures should be observed in all areas. Furniture has been spaced at appropriate distances throughout the facilities or in some areas, Plexiglas petitions are in place, and people are asked not to gather in groups in common areas.

The temporary Acute Care Clinic located at the Annex Building has been shut down due to lower rates of COVID-19 patients presenting at the clinic. The COVID Hotline will be disconnected on March 31st. If patients are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, they should call the office of their primary care provider for further instructions. The vaccine is available to eligible Missouri residents by calling the local Vaccine Hotline at 660-342-6295 for a first dose clinic on March 31st at the Hospital Library Conference Room. On April 9th, the State of Missouri will be open for ALL Missourians to receive the vaccine and Scotland County Hospital is preparing to have plenty of the two dose Moderna vaccine on hand for a walk-in, no appointment needed, first come, first served vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 10th from 8 am – 2 pm at the Hospital Library Conference Room (Parking in Lot B, Memphis Medical Services/Women’s Center). This is a first dose clinic and patients must be prepared to return on May 8th for the second dose.

Hospital CEO, Dr. Randy Tobler said, "Fewer people are testing positive for COVID-19 and thus hospitalized. That has allowed the Hospital to scale back on the COVID restrictions. More people vaccinated and less positive tests allows us to make these changes. I just can't stress it enough; people need to get vaccinated before a second variant driven wave hits our region."

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