Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The health of our community is a top priority.  When discussing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), It is important to be educated on how to stay healthy and where to find key information.


March 25, 2020

Columbus Regional Notified of First COVID-19 Case at Hospital

Columbus Regional Healthcare System has been notified of its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual required a short hospital stay at Columbus Regional but is now at home in isolation. Columbus Regional has worked with the Columbus County Health Department and continues to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect patients and teammates and to limit the spread of the virus.

To protect patients, families, and healthcare workers from the spread of COVID-19, Columbus Regional continues to temporarily limit visitors. Visitors are not allowed in the emergency department or on the floors, with very few exceptions, including minor children. Any visitors that are permitted on the campus are subject to a health screening to ensure they do not have any flu-like
symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Columbus Regional Healthcare System continues to monitor and respond to this rapidly evolving situation. This temporary restriction on visitors follows local, state, and national guidelines and best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to protect patients, visitors, and healthcare workers.

Columbus Regional continues to encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Columbus County Health Department to take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which are:

  • Social distancing (e.g. avoiding crowds, self-quarantining, etc.)
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw it away, and then
    wash your hands
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched

For the most recent updates from Columbus Regional, please continue monitoring the website at
http://www.crhealthcare.org/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/ and Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/CRHealthcare.

News Release March 28, 2020
Columbus Regional Healthcare System
500 Jefferson St.
Whiteville, NC 28472
Contact: Mallory Freeman
Vice President, Ambulatory and Outreach Services
910-641-8620


March 25, 2020


March 21, 2020

In order to protect patients, their families, and healthcare workers from the spread of COVID-19, Columbus Regional Healthcare System is implementing additional temporary visitor restrictions. Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020, patient visitors will be permitted only in the following limited circumstances:

  • Patients who are at the end of life
  • Minor patients who are under the age of 18
  • Patients who are having a baby
  • Patients in need of a healthcare decision-maker

In these limited circumstances, visitors must be an immediate family member who is 18 or older and has no fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Visitation hours are limited to 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Columbus Regional recognizes that interactions with family and friends can be a helpful part of the healing process. Patients and families are strongly encouraged to utilize other forms of support for their loved ones in the hospital, such as phone calls and video chat.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and Columbus Regional Healthcare System continues to monitor and respond to COVID-19. The safety of our patients, teammates, and our community is the top priority. This temporary restriction on visitors follows local, state, and national guidelines and best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As Columbus Regional continues to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 in our community, the emergency room has developed a higher level of medical screening and triage for patients requiring emergency care. The white tent outside of the emergency department IS NOT A COVID-19 TESTING SITE. Should it be needed, it will be used to create more space for the current emergency department and emergency department services.

These changes may be difficult or inconvenient for the patient and their loved ones. However, these changes are to ensure we are doing everything we can as a system to keep our patients, their families, our teammates, and our community safe and to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

This is a rapidly developing situation, and Columbus Regional will continue to respond accordingly. Please continue monitoring our website at http://www.crhealthcare.org/coronavirus-disease-2019- covid-19/ and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CRHealthcare for the most recent updates.

News Release March 21, 2020
Columbus Regional Healthcare System
500 Jefferson St.
Whiteville, NC 28472
Contact: Mallory Freeman
Vice President, Ambulatory and Outreach Services
910-641-8620


March 19, 2020

Columbus Regional Updates in Response to COVID-19

As Columbus Regional Healthcare System continues to monitor and respond to COVID-19, the safety of our patient, teammates, and our community is the top priority. Following current guidance of national and state health leaders, and in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Columbus Regional is implementing the following changes to protect our patients, providers, and teammates.

Visitors:
Patients are limited to one visitor per day. The visitor must be an immediate family member who is 18 or older. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed on campus, unless seeking emergency medical treatment. All visitors will be screened at the entrance points to the hospital, and anyone with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or possible exposure to COVID-19 will not be allowed to visit. Visitation hours are limited to 10 AM until 7 PM. Patients in the emergency room are not allowed to have any visitors, with the exception of patients under the age of 18, who may have one guardian. Patients at Columbus Regional Health Network may have one visitor with them, who will be screened prior to entrance into the clinic.

Hospital Access:
On weekdays, entrance to the hospital is limited to the Yellow Canopy, the ASU Covered Walkway, and the Emergency Department. On weekends entrance to the hospital is limited to the Yellow Canopy. The emergency department will remain open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The main entrance of the hospital, from visitor parking, no longer has access to the main hospital. That entrance is limited to services provided in the professional office building, such as Donayre Cancer Care Center and Physical Therapy. This entrance closes at 5 PM on weekdays and remains closed on the weekends.

The emergency room is developing a higher level of screening and triage for those patients requiring emergency care. We know that these changes may be an inconvenience to families of patients in the hospital, however, it is imperative that we take active steps to prepare for and respond to the developments of COVID-19 and keep our patients, their families, our teammates, and the community safe.

This is a rapidly developing situation, and Columbus Regional will continue to respond accordingly. Please continue monitoring this page and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CRHealthcare for the most recent updates.


March 17, 2020

Visitors

As we continue to monitor COVID-19, Columbus Regional Healthcare System is updating the visitor restrictions.  While we understand this may be an inconvenience for patients in the hospital and their families, we must do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our patients, their families, our teammates, and the community healthy.

  • Patients are limited to one visitor who must be an immediate family member, over the age of 18.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed to visit until further notice.
  • Visitors, of any age, with fever, cough,  or trouble breathing are not permitted on campus, unless they are seeking emergency medical care.
  • All visitors may be screened upon their entrance to the hospital.
  • Visitation is limited to 7 AM to 7 PM.
  • At the Columbus Regional Health Network clinics, patients are allowed one visitor/family member in the exam room.
  • Patients in the emergency department are not allowed to take a guest/family member into the patient care areas.  The exceptions are for pediatric patients who may have one guardian and at the direction of the emergency department clinical team.

Restricted Access

Access to the hospital will be restricted to three entrance points.  Please enter the hospital through one of the following entrances on the west side of the campus:

  • Emergency Department, for emergency care
  • Yellow canopy
  • ASU covered walkway

Access to the hospital through the main entrance on the east side of campus will no longer be open.  Access from that entrance will be limited to Donayre Cancer Care Center, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Cardiopulmonary.


Update: March 16, 2020

Visitors

As COVID-19 continues to spread in North Carolina, Columbus Regional Healthcare System is implementing stricter restrictions on visitors at the facility.  Our top priority is the safety of our patients, their family, and our teammates.  While we understand that these restrictions may be an inconvenience to families with patients in the hospital, we must all do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our patients, teammates, and community healthy.

  • Visitors are limited to one immediate family member older than the age of 18.  Pediatric patients will be allowed to have up to two designated guardians per patient.  Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis for end-of-life situations.  All visitors may be subject to a health screening at any time.  No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed to visit until further notice.
  • Visitors, of any age, with fever, cough, or trouble breathing are not permitted on campus, unless they are seeking emergency medical care.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of this event, these guidelines will continue to change.  Please continue to review the Columbus Regional Healthcare System Website and Facebook page for the latest information.

Think you might have COVID-19?

If you have traveled to an area where COVID-19 is present within the last 14 days and have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact your primary care provider or the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline at (866) 462-3821 for guidance. If you have these symptoms, before visiting an emergency department, your primary care provider, or other healthcare provider’s office, please call ahead so that they can plan safety precautions to prevent the spread of infection during your visit.


Update: March 14, 2020

 

  • How can I protect myself and my family: It is stressed that people continue taking common-sense steps that would normally be taken to avoid a virus, such as the flu.  All should make sure they are washing their hands frequently, covering their mouths when they sneeze or cough, and stay home when sick.
  • Additional resources: There are many helpful resources available, some of which are linked below.

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