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Jackson Hospital Coronavirus Preparedness and Updates

Hospital news | Monday, December 6, 2021

Contact: Mia Mothershed

Jackson Hospital is committed to the River Region community as we stand on the frontlines fighting against COVID-19. Keeping patients healthy and safe is central to our mission. The Jackson Hospital staff remain consistent in year-round emergency preparedness training; as our protocols to care for patients ensures the safety of hospital staff, visitors and the community. Additionally, we are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health to coordinate pandemic response efforts.

We currently have 10 positive COVID-19 in-patients who are being cared for using the appropriate CDC recommended isolation protocols. 90% of these cases are unvaccinated. Positive cases of COVID-19 within our facility will be reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers of Disease Control, as mandated. As COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving public health situation, we recommend if anyone has been diagnosed or suspect they may have contracted this virus, self-quarantine until they can be tested or they are symptom-free for a total of seven days.

All patients, visitors, and staff entering a Jackson Hospital & Clinic facility are required to wear a face covering at all times during their visit or while receiving care.

Visitor restrictions and additional safety protocols have been increased throughout the hospital and we thank the public for helping us reduce the number of persons entering our facilities.

Best Practices for the Therapeutic Management of Non-Hospitalized Adults with COVID-19

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

COVID VISITING HOURS

SICU & CCU: 10-10:30am & 8-8:30pm

CVICU: 10-10:30am & 5-5:30pm

ATTENTION VISITORS

By order of the Governor of Alabama and the State Health Officer, each patient or resident of this facility enjoys certain rights to have one caregiver of one visitor present at a time, subject to reasonable restrictions. If you have questions, you may ask to inspect the facility’s written policies concerning visitation.

Per the “Safer at Home” proclamation issued by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, visitors remain restricted in hospitals. Exceptions for caregivers and continued restrictions for the hospital, clinics, and Outpatient services are set forth below. Allowances will be considered in situations where a Caregiver’s presence improves the patient’s safety, emotional well-being, physical care, or end-of life experience (compassionate care). Compliance with guidelines below is required at all times.

Jackson Hospital shall ensure that each patient may be accompanied by one caregiver at a time, subject to reasonable restrictions imposed on the entrance of persons because of the COVID-19 county positivity rate, the facility’s COVID-19 status, a patient’s COVID-19 status, caregiver symptoms, lack of adherence to proper infection control practices, or other relevant factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for full visitor restriction guidance, effective December 2, 2021.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at the Jackson Apothecary in Prattville. Click here to schedule your appointment.

Boosters are also available for those who qualify. Click here to see if you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster.

Universal Masking Policy

All patients, visitors, and staff entering a Jackson Hospital & Clinic facility are required to wear a face covering at all times during their visit or while receiving care.

COVID-19 Protocols

What should you do if you think you have contracted COVID-19?

If you are experiencing a fever over 100.4 degrees, cough or have difficulty breathing, follow these steps:

  • In Montgomery call 334-747-0150. In Wetumpka call 334-514-3713.
  • Tell them about recent travel and close contacts (such as people in your household), who are ill.
  • If you don't need to see a doctor, keep your distance from others.

Call first for anything - Please don't just show up at your doctor's office or hospital without calling first (unless it's an emergency).

The Safer at Home order encourages Alabamians to “exercise personal responsibility” to aid in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus by encouraging everyone to stay home when possible, and follow good sanitation practices. These recommendations include:

  • minimizing travel outside the home;
  • wearing face coverings while out in public;
  • frequent hand washing;
  • “refraining from touching one’s face”;
  • “sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of one’s elbow”; and
  • “disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.”

Delta Variant: What You Need To Know

The Delta variant of the coronavirus, known as B.1.617.2, is raising some concerns among health experts. Why? Because it seems to spread more easily. But there's good news too: So far, COVID-19 vaccines work well against this strain of the virus.

Here's what to know to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Q. What is the Delta variant?

A. Many viruses mutate over time. The Delta variant is a new mutation of the coronavirus that was first found in India. It has now spread to more than 100 countries. In fact, it has become the dominant strain throughout the world, including in the United States.

Q. Why is it a potential problem?

A. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls Delta a "variant of concern." That means it has some qualities that require close monitoring. In Delta's case:

  • It appears to be more contagious.
  • It may be resistant to some treatments.

Q. Why is it important to be fully vaccinated?

A. If you are fully vaccinated, you are less likely to get severely ill—from Delta or other variants. For two-dose vaccines, like Pfizer's and Moderna's, that second shot is crucial. It may offer more protection against Delta than the first shot alone.

In the United Kingdom, one shot of the Pfizer vaccine was shown to be only 33% effective against Delta. But two doses were 88% effective.

The bottom line: To slow the spread of Delta, it's important for everyone to be fully vaccinated as soon as they can be.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the FAQ section on the CDC website for frequently asked questions and answers related to COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/Coronavirus or www.alabamapublichealth.gov.

Jackson Hospital Preparation

Over the past few months, Jackson Hospital officials have been tracking COVID-19 regarding its spread, protocols on isolation and treatment, and have participated in conference calls with the CDC, the ADPH and the Alabama Hospital Association.

Staff members at Jackson Hospital are trained on every component of caring for a patient with COVID-19, including the donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Like other hospitals nationally, Jackson Hospital is making changes daily in response to the COVID-19.