Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For the most up-do-date information on the virus, please contact the health department.
COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
- MS State Department of Health: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html
- Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-645
Bolivar Medical Center is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors.
Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the surge of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have implemented strict visitor restrictions, moving to a zero-visitor protocol, and limited entry points to the hospital, effective July 28, 2021. Exceptions to this visitor protocol may include pediatric patients, obstetric patients, nursing home residents and those receiving compassionate care.
The hospital has limited entry as well. All patients entering the hospital should use the Emergency Department. Employees should continue to use the employee entrance only.
We are continuing to work closely with the Mississippi State Department of Health and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical teams who have been caring for these patients and all those within our facility.
We want to reassure our community that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.
To stay the most up-to-date, review some additional news items:
- Community members are urged to wear masks
- How the pandemic has made Bolivar Medical Center better
- Care Connect communication line available
- Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation
Common Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines:
Variant Strains of COVID-19
What is Bolivar Medical Center doing to prepare for the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant?
Our team is highly skilled at managing and treating infectious diseases of all types, including COVID-19. We are continuing to closely follow guidance from the CDC and our local/state health departments and are adhering to the rigorous health and safety protocols that have always been in place at our facility. These operating protocols were further enhanced when the pandemic began and include:
- Requiring masking for everyone inside our facilities
- Screening for COVID-19 symptoms
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols
- Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment
- Isolating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
Is the Delta variant more contagious than the other strains?
Yes. Studies have shown that the Delta variant has a much higher rate of transmissibility (40-60% greater) than any other identified strain, which means it is more contagious. It is estimated that the Delta variant is responsible for more than 50% of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. at this point.
Is the Delta variant more deadly?
We are still learning about the characteristics of the Delta variant as the research continues to evolve. For now, we know that the best thing you can do is get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect yourself. Vaccinated individuals are significantly less likely to spread the virus, become severely ill if they do contract COVID-19 or require hospitalization. Notably, over 99% of all deaths due to COVID-19 in June 2021 across the U.S. were in the unvaccinated population.
Is Bolivar Medical Center testing COVID-19-positive patients for the Delta variant?
Our COVID-19 test will detect the Delta variant, however the specific type of variant doesn’t impact how we care for COVID-19 patients, nor does it impact the health and safety protocols already in place to protect our team and all those who enter our facilities.
Will there be other strains of SARS-CoV-2?
It is normal for viruses to mutate and develop new strains – this happens with the influenza virus every year, for example. Because of this, there are several different strains of the SARS-CoV-2 currently circulating, including the delta variant, and it is likely that other strains may develop over time. It is very important to get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect yourself and others from any strain of the virus.
What should our community do to slow the spread of the Delta variant?
The best defense is to get a COVID-19 vaccine and encourage everyone you know to get vaccinated. At this point, most of the patients we are seeing who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. It is also wise to wear a mask, socially distance from others and practice proper hand hygiene to help slow the spread of illness.
If I have already been vaccinated, should I get a booster shot to help further protect myself against the Delta variant?
Studies are still ongoing to determine how long immunity lasts for a vaccinated individual and if COVID-19 booster shots are necessary. At this time, the best thing to do is make sure you are fully vaccinated for maximum protection – either by receiving both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna two-dose vaccine regimen or the single-dose Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
Are breakthrough infections more likely with the Delta variant if I’m already vaccinated?
Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 are possible regardless of the specific variant, as no vaccine is 100% effective. The good news is that even if you contract COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, you are significantly less likely to become severely ill or require hospitalization.
Has the Delta variant been identified in our community?
The best source of information regarding the presence and impact of the Delta variant in our community is the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Bolivar Medical Center Urges Community Members to Wear Masks
Bolivar Medical Center is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Department of Health, as being an effective way to prevent the spread of the illness. The hospital has already instituted a universal masking protocol within its facilities and requires anyone entering to wear a face mask at all time.
Not all masks are created equal. Wear the right one to keep you and others safe. See the image below for guidance. Click the image to download a larger/printable file
Release of Information Request
Due the COVID-19 virus, the Release of Information Department will process all request for medical records via fax and mail. If you would like a copy of your medical record, please complete the HIPAA Authorization Release Form and either fax or mail to the address or fax number below. The HIPAA Authorization Form can also be found on our website at www.bolivarmedical.com. Additionally, if you want a copy of your radiology disk, it too will be mailed. If you have questions please call the number below. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Your source for guidance around all things COVID-19.
- Stop the Spread of Germs
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- What if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
- Manage Symptoms at home
- And much more