NRMC Further Restricts Visitors

3/24/2020

Outside visitation to patient care areas are now very limited. For inpatients: Unless the patient needs end of life or comfort care, no visitors will be allowed except one support person for OB. For outpatient: visitors are still restricted to only the support person needed for mobility or understanding of health information.

Visiting hours will now end at 5 p.m. and visitors under the age of 18 are not allowed. This of course, does not apply to anyone seeking treatment. Visitors to the hospital are now being screened by our friendly staff at the door and temperatures will be taken.

Elective surgeries will not be done beginning Wednesday, March 25, until further notice. If you have concerns, please contact your surgeon.

In order to prevent the spread of the virus, we cannot overstate the importance of the entire community participating in social distancing, hygiene and surface disinfection.

Many individuals with COVID-19 will be mildly ill and able to recover at home and we need to reserve resources for those who require medical intervention. If you have symptoms of a fever, cough, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath, contact your provider by phone first. You may also call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-435-8411 or if you’re experiencing respiratory distress you certainly can and should present to the nearest Emergency Department. These actions will preserve resources for those in our population who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, or serious chronic medical conditions.

For those experiencing those symptoms I listed, it is essential that you and your entire family self-quarantine, meaning no one should leave home. Someone should drop off supplies at home. The sick individual should isolate separately if possible. This is critical to avoid the spread of this highly contagious virus.

NRMC will gladly accept all donations of N 95 and surgical masks our community will give to us. We will receive those items at the front desk, just drive through the front circular drive and drop them off 8-4:30 Monday through Friday. Thank you to our community!

More resources and information:

COVID-19 information from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Coping During a Pandemic

Download information for women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding here.  

The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare is offering the application myStrength, an evidence-based self-help resource, to those facing stress from coronavirus. The app offers information and resources on stress management, depression, anxiety, and more, but most recently has added resources related to COVID-19. The coalition’s Cope and Hope During COVID-19 web page also provides resources on managing anxiety and stress, helping children cope with emergencies, managing addiction, and avoiding social isolation during distancing.



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