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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information
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. We can confirm that we have identified multiple patients who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.
Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round.
Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, we are operationg under strict visitor restrictions, with a zero-visitor protocol and limited entry points to the hospital. Exceptions to this visitor protocol may include pediatric patients, obstetric patients and those receiving end-of-life care. Patients entering the hospital should use the Emergency Department only to access the facility. Per CDC guidelines, everyone entering our facility will be screened for respiratory symptoms and travel history.
We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.
Bolivar Medical Center Postpones Procedures in Accordance with Executive Order
July 11, 2020 -- Bolivar Medical Center announced that it is contacting patients to postpone procedures that require hospitalization. This move follows an executive order issued by the State Department of Health requiring that all elective and non-urgent procedures that require hospitalization and can be safely rescheduled be postponed.
The executive order is intended to help ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Bolivar County experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Bolivar Medical Center has closely followed guidance from federal, state and local officials, and monitored the prevalence of the virus in our region so that we can do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of our employees, providers and patients,” said Rob Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of Bolivar Medical Center. “We are working with our clinical teams to carefully evaluate each patient’s current health condition and potential risks to determine which services and procedures can be safely delayed. We will be in touch with patients when it is safe to resume normal operations and reschedule procedures that have been delayed.”
The decisions about which procedures can safely move forward will be made only after assessing a comprehensive pre-operative checklist and evaluating potential risks.
Bolivar Medical Center will continue to screen and mask everyone who enters the facility and maintain a zero-visitor protocol for the foreseeable future. These important measures have had a positive impact on ensuring a safe environment, and they also are aligned with the federal government’s guidelines. Additionally, the facility has implemented new processes and procedures to further protect the health of patients, providers and employees. Visit BolivarMedical.com to learn more.
As a reminder, if you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Room. If possible, tell the dispatch agent if your emergency involves symptoms possibly related to COVID-19.
To stay the most up-to-date, review some additonal news items:
- Community members are urged to wear masks
- How the pandemic has made Bolivar Medical Center better
- Care Connect communication line available
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.
Bolivar Medical Center's zero-visitor protocol.*
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