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Jackson Hospital Coronavirus Preparedness and Updates

Hospital news | Thursday, May 26, 2022

Contact: Jessica Barefoot

Effective December 30, 2021 patients at Jackson Hospital will be allowed one visitor or caregiver, with a two visitor limit per day.

The updated visitation guidelines are as follows:

  • No visitors under 18 years of age.
  • One visitor/caregiver with a two visitor limit per day.
  • No visitors for patients in the hall or COVID precaution rooms. *ED only*
  • All visitors must enter through the Main Lobby.
  • Visitors must wear the Jackson Hospital visitor badge at all times while on campus.

Please click the COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions tab below to read the guidance in its entirety.

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 1 positive COVID-19 in-patients who are being cared for using the appropriate CDC recommended isolation protocols. 50% 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

Regular Visiting Hours
8am to 9pm

Critical Care Units
Each patient is allowed two visitors for 30 minutes. The critical care waiting rooms open 15 minutes prior to each visitation time. Visitors are not permitted to stay between visitation times unless under special circumstances.

Cardiac Critical Care and Surgical Critical Care
Visiting hours are from 10am-11am, 1pm-2pm, 4pm-5pm, and 8pm-9pm

Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Visits are limited to 30 minutes at 10am, 2pm, 5pm, and 9pm

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 30, 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.

Omicron Variant: What You Need To Know

The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

We have the tools to fight Omicron! Here's what you need to know:

Vaccines

Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
  • Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death.
  • CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated.
  • CDC recommends that everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster shot at least two months after their initial J&J/Janssen vaccine or six months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.

Masks

Masks offer protection against all variants.

  • CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
  • CDC provides advice about masks for people who want to learn more about what type of mask is right for them depending on their circumstances.

Testing

Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19.

  • Two types of tests are used to test for current infection: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. NAAT and antigen tests can only tell you if you have a current infection.
  • Individuals can use the COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool to help determine what kind of test to seek.
    • Additional tests would be needed to determine if your infection was caused by Omicron.
    • Visit your state, tribal, local, or territorial health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
  • Self-tests can be used at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results.
    • If your self-test has a positive result, stay home or isolate for 10 days, wear a mask if you have contact with others, and call your healthcare provider.
    • If you have any questions about your self-test result, call your healthcare provider or public health department.

Click here to learn more about the Omicron variant.

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.