Coronavirus InformationHampton Regional Medical Center is closely following information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), to help keep our patients and families informed about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. HRMC has comprehensive infection control policies and procedures in place, and remain committed to keeping our patients, staff and community safe. Learn more about the safety measures that have been implemented at each of our locations here.
Amended Hospital Visitation Policy:7/23/2020: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HRMC will be returning to phase one of its visitation policy. Effective immediately, hospital policies will include:
- ALL visitation is restricted at the facility. There are three exceptions to this policy:
- One adult visitor is allowed per pediatric patient (under the age of 18).
- One adult visitor is allowed per dementia patient.
- Patients requiring end-of-life or hospice care will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- All patients and visitors must check-in upon entry and be screened.
- Access to the hospital will remain controlled. Patients and visitors will only be able to enter the building through the ER entrance.
- The hospital cafeteria will remain closed to the public until further notice.
- Persons with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to visit patients or patient care areas.
HRMC continues to actively take additional safety precautions to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and patients:
- Masking: All persons entering the hospital, including hospital staff, are required to wear a face mask.
- Social distancing: Public areas, including waiting rooms, have been rearranged to allow safe social distancing.
- Screening: There continues to be a detailed screening process for anyone who enters the hospital, as this further ensures HRMC is identifying all symptomatic and/or at-risk patients immediately upon arrival.
- Enhanced Cleaning: HRMC has implemented enhanced cleaning policies. Environmental Services personnel have undergone extensive training related to these policies.
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COVID-19 TestingA physician's order is required for COVID-19 testing. Specimen samples can be collected at our facility and sent to an outside reference lab for testing. To ensure judicious use of resources, only patients who meet the following CDC-approved criteria may receive a physician's order for testing:
- Signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath
- Recent travel to an affected country or state
- Close contact with any persons confirmed to have, or undergoing evaluation of having COVID-19
It is critically important to follow recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19, such as:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For persons who may be experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms, MUSC Health is offering free virtual care consultations and screenings to anyone in South Carolina. Visits can be booked here, using the promo code COVID19, for both new and existing patients. You may also call 843-792-7000 for more information. MUSC Health Virtual Care can be accessed by phone, online, or through chats 24-hours-a-day. The MUSC Health provider will determine if additional in-person care is necessary.
HRMC urges patients and visitors to please be patient as these measures are implemented in accordance with CDC guidelines. For the latest information about novel coronavirus, visit the CDC's website.
This page was adapted from CDC.gov, last accessed July 23, 2020: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html