March 11, 2020
HCA Healthcare hospitals Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center have not received any patients who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
All hospital services and emergency rooms are open providing its full menu of services. To protect our patients, guests and caregivers, effective Wednesday, March 4, the hospitals will be limiting public entrances to only the ER and Main Entrance of the hospitals, and the Medical Office Building at Memorial Hospital. When visitors or patients arrive on campus, they should utilize those entrances. Greeters will be screening at those entrances with a list of basic questions to help ensure that individuals who might spread the virus get the care they need while not exposing patients, staff and other guests.
“These measures are simply additional steps put into place to help ensure we keep our patients, visitors and community safe,” says Lisa Valentine, CEO at Orange Park Medical Center. “We are grateful that we’ve not seen impact locally of this new coronavirus, COVID-19.”
We ask those who are planning to visit patients in the hospitals ensure they are not exhibiting the following symptoms before coming to visit:
- Have a fever
- Have a cough or shortness of breath and have traveled outside the US in the past 14 days
- Have had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
“Our goal is to take every precaution to keep our patients, our caregivers and our community safe by avoiding any spread of this virus should it come into our community,” said Memorial Hospital CEO, Bradley S. Talbert, FACHE.
For many people, COVID-19 will present very similarly to a cold or the flu and they will recover safely at home with rest and fluids. Those at highest risk are the elderly and immunosuppressed. Public health authorities say the best protection right now is hand washing, covering your cough and avoiding large groups of people.