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COVID – 19 Update

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

November 11, 2021

GRHS’s Outdoor COVID-19 Treatment Area Closing Until Further Notice

Due to the decrease in COVID-19 cases, George Regional Health System will be closing the Outdoor COVID-19 Treatment Area next to Community Medical Center at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021.
Community Medical Center will continue to screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the building.
Masks are still being required within Community Medical Center even if fully vaccinated.
George Regional Health System is committed to providing our community high-quality compassionate care from the providers you know and trust.

November 10, 2021

George Regional Health System Is Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations For Children

Beginning Friday, November 12, 2021, Community Medical Center will begin offering COVID-19 Vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11.  Vaccinations will be available, by appointment only, on Fridays from 3 PM – 5 PM.  To schedule an appointment, please call 601-947-8181.

 

October 11, 2021

How you can get a COVID-19 Pfizer Booster shot through George Regional Health System 

At this time, George Regional Health System is offering Pfizer Booster shots for patients who are fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.  You must wait at least 6 months from the date of your last Pfizer vaccine before you can receive the Pfizer Booster shot.

Currently, the Mississippi Department of Health has approved Pfizer Booster shots for the following groups:

  • Adults age 65 years and older
  • Adults age 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
  • Adults age 19 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19, including severe COVID-19.

Additional criteria for receiving the Pfizer Booster shot include:

  • At least 6 months from the date of your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine
  • At least 14 days after your last COVID-19 quarantine date
  • At least 90 days from the date of your last antibody treatment

If you are schedule for a regular appointment with your George Regional Health System provider, you can discuss booster eligibility during your visit. Be sure to bring your vaccine card to your appointment. 

For more information click here to visit the Mississippi Department of Health website.

 

 

 

 

August 26, 2021

 

 

Change to COVID-19 Vaccinations at Community Medical Center

Beginning Monday, August 30, 2021, COVID-19 walk-in vaccinations at Community Medical Center will be offered on Mondays from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 4:30 PM.  Second dose vaccinations will be available by appointment.

 

Community Medical Center

COVID-19 Walk-In Vaccination Schedule

Mondays

9 AM – 12 PM

1 PM – 4:30 PM

(Second dose vaccinations will be available by appointment)

 

 

August 19, 2021

 

Keep This In Mind Before Waiting In Line…

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, resulting in long wait times at Community Medical Center’s outdoor COVID-19 treatment area, please keep the following in mind before spending time waiting in line:

  • If symptom free, please wait 72-hours (3 days) after exposure before coming to CMC’s outdoor COVID-19 drive-thru site for testing.
  • If you are in quarantine because of exposure and have no symptoms, please wait 72-hours (3 days) after exposure before coming to CMC’s outdoor COVID-19 drive-thru site for testing.
  • If you have symptoms, with or without known COVID-19 exposure, please come through CMC’s outdoor COVID-19 drive-thru site for testing as soon as possible.

 

Quarantine/Isolation Reminder:

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 you must quarantine for 14 days even if you remain symptom free. (QUARANTINE keeps someone who was in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person away from others.)  
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 you must isolate for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms and remain in isolation until you have been fever free for 24-hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and have improved symptoms.  (ISOLATION keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.)

 

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, social distancing, and getting vaccinated.  This is the best way to protect your family, friends, and our community.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: Temperature of 100.4 or greater, Fever or Chills, Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or Body Aches, Headache, Loss of Taste, Loss of Smell, Sore Throat, Congestion or Runny Nose, Nausea or Vomiting, and Diarrhea

 If you need emergency care, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room

August 11, 2021

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases GRHS has implemented the following visitation policy

GRHS Visitors Policy:

  • Visitors will be screened upon entrance in the outpatient area
  • Visitation is limited to 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Only one (1) visitor per patient for Medical-Surgical, Emergency Room, and Labor & Delivery
  • Only one (1) visitor per patient for ICU and visitation time is 8 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 5PM
  • No visitors for COVID-19 positive patients
  • Patients for Outpatient Services will not be allowed a visitor unless needed for assistance
  • Visitors will not be allowed to stay in waiting rooms

(To limit exposure of staff and visitors, the visitor referenced above will be limited to one designated person per day.  Visitors will not be allowed to switch.  Visitors will not be allowed to come and go freely, they must remain with the patient while in the facility.)

August 3, 2021

FREE Pfizer

COMMUNITY COVID-19 VACCINATION DAY

Wednesday, August 18th

10 AM – 6 PM

George County Fairgrounds

No appointment needed

12 years & older

FREE Pfizer Vaccines will be available

The second dose will be administered on September 8th at the George County Fairgrounds

(9162 Old Highway 63 South, Lucedale, MS 39452)

July 30, 2021

 

Do you need a COVID-19 vaccine? 

COVID-19 Vaccinations are being offered at all George Regional Health System facilities.  See below for details:

 

Community Medical Center 

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 12 PM and 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 

Greene County Family Medical Clinic

Monday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Thursday: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Friday: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Wiggins Primary Care

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 11 AM*
*Or you can request this during your next appointment

 

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases the following has been implemented:

  • Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering a GRHS building
  • Masks are required within all GRHS facilities even if vaccinated
  • Please refrain from bringing non-essential visitors to your appointment
  • Visitors are not allowed to stay in waiting rooms at this time

 

Are you showing symptoms of COVID-19? 

COVID-19 testing is offered at all George Regional Health System facilities.  See below for details:  

 

Community Medical Center (outdoor COVID-19 treatment area) 

Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Saturday – Sunday: 8 AM – 3:30 PM

  • Please go through the outdoor drive-thru line
  • No appointment necessary
  • First come, first serve

 

Greene County Family Medical Clinic

Monday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Thursday: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Friday: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Wiggins Primary Care

COVID-19 testing is available at all times with a scheduled office visit

Call (601) 528-9119 to make an appointment

 

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases the following has been implemented:

  • Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering a GRHS facility
  • Masks are required within all GRHS facilities even if vaccinated
  • Please refrain from bringing non-essential visitors to your appointment
  • Visitors are not allowed to stay in waiting rooms at this time

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Temperature of 100.4 or greater

Fever or Chills

Cough

Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or Body Aches

Headache

Loss of Taste

Loss of Smell

Sore Throat

Congestion or Runny Nose

Nausea or Vomiting

Diarrhea

If you need emergency care, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room

 

COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Therapy:

Antibody Infusion Therapy is available with a provider referral once you and your doctor have determined treatment is right for you.  Some patients may not meet the FDA criteria to receive this treatment. 

 

July 29, 2021

 

Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases GRHS is implementing the following:

The outdoor COVID-19 treatment area at Community Medical Center is now open

  • If you have COVID-19, or flu like symptoms please go through the outdoor drive-thru line.  No appointment necessary
  • First come, first serve
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM     Saturday – Sunday 8 AM to 3:30 PM

 

Routine or other Doctor visits will be inside at Community Medical Center

  • Patients will be screened prior to entering the building for COVID-19 type symptoms
  • Masks are mandatory for all to enter

 

Patients/Visitors

  • Please refrain from bringing non-essential visitors to your appointment

 

Masks are required within all George Regional Health System facilities even if vaccinated

 

July 26, 2021

 

COVID-19 HOTLINE: 601-673-6101

Remember: When scheduling an appointment, arriving for an appointment, or using a GRHS extended hour clinic, please let us know immediately if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are showing COVID-19 symptoms so we can manage your appointment appropriately.

COVID-19 Vaccine 

  • If symptom free, a COVID-19 vaccine is available on-demand or during a regular office visit if requested
  • If showing symptoms, you must be evaluated by a provider

Locations:

Community Medical Center – 92 West Ratliff Street, Lucedale, MS 39452

Greene County Hospital & Family Medical Clinic – 1017 Jackson Avenue, Leakesville, MS 39451

Wiggins Primary Care – 975 Hall Street, Wiggins, MS 39577

 

 COVID-19 Testing:

  • COVID-19 testing is available at all times with a scheduled office visit or during an extended hour visit

Locations:

Community Medical Center – 92 West Ratliff Street, Lucedale, MS 39452

Greene County Hospital & Family Medical Clinic – 1017 Jackson Avenue, Leakesville, MS 39451

Wiggins Primary Care – 975 Hall Street, Wiggins, MS 39577

 

COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Therapy:

  • Antibody Infusion Therapy is available with a provider referral once you and your doctor have determined treatment is right for you

Locations:

Community Medical Center – 92 West Ratliff Street, Lucedale, MS 39452

Greene County Hospital & Family Medical Clinic – 1017 Jackson Avenue, Leakesville, MS 39451

Wiggins Primary Care – 975 Hall Street, Wiggins, MS 39577

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 Include:

Temperature of 100.4 or greater

Fever or Chills

Cough

Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or Body Aches

Headache

Loss of Taste

Loss of Smell

Sore Throat

Congestion or Runny Nose

Nausea or Vomiting

Diarrhea

  

If you need emergency care, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room

 

COVID-19 HOTLINE

Please STAY HOME and CALL US FIRST. The HOTLINE is available at 601-673-6101.

You should contact Community Medical Center to be tested if you have a temperature greater than 100.4 with new on-set respiratory symptoms including cough or difficulty breathing. To schedule a test, please call 601-947-8181. COVID Rapid Tests are now available. When you arrive for testing, please remain in your car and call 601-947-8181 for further instructions.

Please report directly to the Emergency Room if you are experiencing the following symptoms:  trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face.  Please call the ER at 601-947-3161 upon arrival and stay in your car until further instructions.  A mask must be worn when entering the building.

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. If you have been tested, exposed, and/or are experiencing symptoms, or have a positive COVID test, please do not leave your home EXCEPT to get medical care.  Do not visit any public areas and stay away from others in your home as much as possible.   Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible.

‘Mask Up’ to Slow the Spread

In our effort to meet the community’s healthcare needs, we are implementing the state-mandated social distancing and mask recommendations:

  • A minimum separation of 6 feet between patients
  • Maximum of one caregiver per patient (if needed)
  • All patients and caregivers in waiting rooms must wear a mask (non-medical cloth or disposable)

George Regional Health System is committed to providing high quality, compassionate, and safe patient care while ensuring safety for our workforce. We appreciate the community’s ongoing support and understanding and we want you to know that we are taking these extra precautions to keep you safe.

To better protect our patients, healthcare workers, family, and friends, Community Medical Center is now offering 3 ways to better serve you:
Office visits

Telemedicine visits

Car visits

Please call 601-947-8181 and we will help each patient with the best option for their needs.

Our easy access Drive-Thru Pharmacy is also open.

Community Medical Center & George County Pharmacy hours:

Monday through Friday / 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday / 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Community Medical Center

92 West Ratliff Street / Lucedale

601-947-8181

Wiggins Primary Care

975 Hall Street / Wiggins

601-528-9119

 Greene County Family Medical Clinic

1017 Jackson Street / Leakesville

601-394-2820

Insurance may apply.

What to do if you feel sick:

  • CALL FIRST. Please call our HOTLINE, 601-673-6101. Our medical team will review your symptoms and provide guidance.
  • TESTING is restricted to individuals meeting the Mississippi State Department of Health testing criteria.
  • AVOID CONTACT with others.
  • DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS, REST, and TREAT SYMPTOMS with over the counter medications.

Steps to take to AVOID GETTING SICK or spreading the virus:

It is important for everyone to do their part in preventing the spread of all respiratory viruses (Coronavirus or Influenza) by following a few simple measures:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and/or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE with unwashed hands.
  • AVOID close (within 6 feet) contact with others.
  • COVER YOUR COUGH OR SNEEZE. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, not your hands.
  • CLEAN & DISINFECT frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. Like the flu, COVID-19 is thought to spread person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. Other possible routes of transmission may include touching surfaces contaminated by the virus.

How do you get infected?

COVID-19 is spread by close person-to-person contact from droplets from a cough or sneeze, which can get into your mouth, nose, or lungs. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of another person. Symptoms may show 2-14 days after contact with an infected person.

How do I know if I have COVID-19?

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue

Unless your symptoms are severe, it is recommended you call your healthcare provider FIRST before entering a healthcare facility. When speaking with a healthcare provider in person or on the phone, be sure to note your symptoms and if you were exposed to a person diagnosed with the virus.

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The Wellness Center to Close Temporarily

City Ordinance-COVID-19

COVID-19 and OB patients

COVID Update 3/18/20

 

George Regional Health System is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it develops.

Please follow the Mississippi State Department of Health’s website for COVID-19 information:

Mississippi State Department of Health