Grantsville Medical Center and the WVU Urgent Care in McHenry have each implemented numerous new safety protocols to ensure social distancing and enhanced sanitation during the coronavirus pandemic. The enhanced protocols are in response to the fact that the number of Americans seeking emergency and routine medical care has decreased, mainly due to fear of being exposed to the virus. However, the strict precautionary actions taken at both facilities are allowing them to continue to safely serve the community.
“COVID-19 does not stop other illnesses or injuries from occurring, and ignoring those problems can cause more harm down the road,” said Ryan Stansbury, Assistant Vice President of Provider Network Services at WVU Medicine. “There are trends developing nationally where patients may be putting themselves at greater risk for non-Covid related conditions by delaying or avoiding care. Your overall health is a priority and it is critical to always seek medical attention when needed.”
Both urgent care offices have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff members in order to mitigate any potential spread of the virus. These precautions include:
- Patients being asked to wait in their cars instead of in the waiting room
- Floor markings in place to ensure patients remain 6 feet apart
- Shields installed at check-in desks to provide a physical barrier between staff and patients
- All providers and staff required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- PPE made available for any patient who may need it during their visit
- All exam rooms and common areas sanitized hourly
In addition to the safety precautions above, staff will frequently disinfect all shared surfaces throughout the facility and are practicing meticulous hygiene between patients.
“Medical offices are equipped to handle infectious diseases with sanitizing, disinfecting and sterilization being part of the daily routine,“ said Linda Danjou, Director of Occupational Health and Infection Control. “With COVID-19, additional layers of protection have been added to ensure the community is safe while seeking medical treatment.”
Garrett Regional Medical Center established the Grantsville Medical Center in February 2017 to provide primary, urgent, and specialty care services for residents of the greater Grantsville area and neighboring communities in Pennsylvania. The state of the art, 5,500 square foot facility offers exam and procedure rooms with radiography and lab areas. The center also includes specialty care areas used for surgical procedures, orthopedics, and obstetrics. They are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
WVU Medicine Urgent Care is located at 24441 Garrett Highway in McHenry is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.