How To Protect Yourself
Did you know that some people are testing positive to COVID-19 but never have any symptoms? Although asymptomatic people do not have any symptoms, they are still infectious. To protect yourself and your loved ones, our team of medical professionals encourage you to:
- Remain vigilant in your practice of social distancing
- Put at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people
- Avoid large gatherings
- Wear a mask if you must go out in public
- Link for making homemade masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
- Wash your hands regularly
- Use soap and water
- If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Clean and disinfect
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
Our COVID-19 Response
We have launched an outreach program to educate the community and distribute facial masks. A few times each week the team of four goes out into the most at-risk areas of the community to protect the most vulnerable populations and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Due to increased testing availability, Clinch Memorial Hospital offers a drive-thru testing site on Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. The testing site is located in our front parking lot. At any other time, individuals can receive a test with a physician’s request through our outpatient services.
Our goal is to serve the community through education and testing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, utilize our drive-thru testing site.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficultly breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Symptoms may vary from mild to severe and can appear 2-14 days after exposure. Older adults and those with underlying health conditions may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
For more COVID-19 facts, use this link to see our COVID-19 guidelines. Feel free to print or share this infographic, https://clinchmh.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CMH_COVID_April_Website.pdf.
How We Are Keeping You Safe
At this time, we are not allowing any visitors into our facility. Anyone that enters the facility (including employees) will be required to wear a mask and screened upon entry to the facility. Some screening questions include: “do you have a fever” “do you have a cough” “do you have difficulty breathing?” If anyone answers “yes” to these questions, the individual will be asked to leave the facility.
We encourage any potential visitors to use alternate methods of communication to stay in contact with loved ones, such as calling, video chatting or texting.
If you fear exposure to COVID-19 by entering a medical practice, you can utilize Clinch Memorial Family Practice’s telehealth services. From the comfort and safety of your home, you can virtually meet with your provider in a matter of seconds by using this link, http://clinchmh.org/telehealth/.
- It is secure: No physical interaction and the technology is HIPPA-secured.
- It is convenient: You can meet with your provider from the comfort of your home on your smart phone or computer.
- It is covered: Most health insurances cover the cost associated with Telehealth, it is essentially the same thing as meeting in person
Since the beginning of March, we have paused all elective procedures to limit traffic inside our hospital. After careful consideration and planning, we will slowly begin to reopen these procedures this week. If at any time we feel that the risk outweighs the benefits, we will quickly shut down these elective procedures.
The following links are to resources for further information regarding COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/
Georgia Department of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/
State of Georgia Department of Public Health Fifth Amendment Administrative Order for Public Health Control Measures: https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/secondamendedaoiq41201pdf/download