GRMC Visitation as of 2/15/21:
Inpatient– One adult visitor per day during visiting hours Noon-7PM and once that person leaves, they cannot come back in or switch out. End of life situation at the direction of the physician and family as to who is immediate family. Those family members must stay in the patient room and not switch out. Pediatric patients may have up to 2 visitor’s 7AM-7PM and must be either mother, father or legal guardian. Not grandparents etc…. if one leaves during the day they cannot come back till 7PM and then one parent or legal guardian overnight.
OB– Spouse or support person must stay in the room with the patient during labor and delivery. They can leave twice during the day, once each 12 hour shift. Infants returning for PKU, Bili testing, weight check, etc may have two parents or guardians bring them. OB patients coming for non-stress testing, no visitors. OB ultrasounds, significant other can accompany.
ED– 1 adult visitor, must stay with patient
Outpatient Surgery– 1 support person and must stay in the room the entire time until the patient is discharged
Subacute- No visitation. End of life and compassionate care is 2 visitors at a time with proof of negative test within 72 hours.
Outpatient testing– no visitors with the patient unless they need assistance or have a disability that requires an assistant. OB ultrasounds, significant other can accompany.
What we know about COVID-19
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
What can I do to stop the spread?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Self-isolate during this time. Only go out when necessary. If you must go out to the store check with others who may need items from the store as well.
- Be sure to clean shopping carts with a wipe and upon leaving the store use hand sanitizer.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Wear a face mask when out in public.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Do not mix any cleaning products, especially those containing bleach as a plume of gas may form.
- If chlorine gas is accidentally released, evacuate the area until there has been enough time for ventilation. Do not re-open the area until the gas has been completely removed.
- Always run clean water through a drain after flushing or rinsing cleaning products. This will help prevent the formation of toxic gases from chemicals that could potentially mix in the drainpipe.
- When handling chemicals always follow the prescribed manufactures guidelines and utilize common sense to help protect yourself and others.
- Using more product than is necessary does not mean a better outcome of disinfecting the surface.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
- Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Alcohol solutions.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
- Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
The following products should not be mixed together as they will cause a dangerous plume of toxic gases when inhaled can cause difficulty breathing.
- Bleach + Vinegar
- Bleach + Ammonia
- Bleach + Rubbing Alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide + Vinegar