Information on the Coronavirus

Information on the Coronavirus

GRMC Visitation as of 1/21/22:

Inpatient– Two adult visitors per day during visiting hours 8AM-9PM and 10AM to 9PM in the ICU; visitors may come and go or switch out. Visitors must obtain and wear a visitor badge upon entering and exiting the building. Visitors may use common areas such as the cafeteria and gift shop, but must practice social distancing. Children under 12 may not visit at this time.

Inpatient Pediatric- Pediatrics on med surg or in the icu are suggested to have at least 1 parent, legal guardian or grandparent stay with the child. Two are allowed. Only 1 guest tray will be provided. No siblings are allowed to stay.

OB2 visitors per patient throughout their stay; 2 can accompany the infant for PKU and other outpatient testing. 

ED– 1 adult visitors, must stay with patient. No visitors allowed in the waiting area. Children under 12 may not visit at this time. If you are coming to the ED for respiratory or COVID symptoms, no visitors are allowed in the ED with you until medical clearance is obtained.

Outpatient Surgery– One visitor per adult patient except for pediatric, who may have both parents. 

Subacute- All Visitors to the Subacute Unit will need to bring proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of visiting  or be tested on site.

Outpatient testing– May have one person accompany them.

Everyone entering the hospital as a visitor must screen at the kiosk, be symptom free, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and social distance from patients.

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.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • 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

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