1.28.2021 COVID-19 Update - Memorial Medical Center

January 28, 2021

As of 1.28.2021:


Currently, Memorial is treating less than 30 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our hospital. While this is a decrease from our last update, this number is very fluid and can change rapidly.  

We are happy to announce that effective February 2, 2021, Conemaugh Health System will begin to expand some of its visitor guidelines. These guidelines vary among our facilities, and we are taking precautions to protect our patients, staff and visitors.

All visitors must be screened upon entry, and any visitors who screen positive at entry will not be granted access into the facility.  Visitors are also required to wear a mask.

However, patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will still not be allowed visitors to protect the safety of all individuals. 

Please see below for our guidelines.  More information is available on the website: https://www.conemaugh.org/patients-and-visitors/patients-and-visitors/visiting-hours-and-guidelines

  • Inpatient areas
    • One visitor at a time is permitted.
    • Visiting hours will be noon-8pm daily. 
    • Visitors must be screened upon entry. Screeners are located at the main entrance and Good Samaritan Lobby entrance. Once screening is complete an armband will be given indicating they have been screened.
    • Visitors are required to wear a mask that they bring in. 
    • Visitors who screen positive at entry will not be granted access into the facility.
    • No visitor under the age of 12 are permitted for inpatient visits.
    • Prior to entering patient’s room, visitors will check in at nurse’s station.
    • Additional well family beyond the one designated visitor should remain at home.  Visitors are asked to avoid congregating in waiting rooms. Social distancing >6 feet must be maintained.
  • End of life situations or physician consultation – two family members will be allowed at a time to be with their loved one. Two more may visit once the first group has left.
     
  • Outpatient/Procedural/Surgery areas
    • One visitor at a time is permitted
    • Visitors must be screened upon entry at the main entrance only and an armband will be given indicating they have been screened.
    • Visitors are required to wear a mask that they bring in.
    • Visitors who screen positive at entry will not be granted access into the facility.
    • Current guidance with social distancing must be adhered.
       
  • Post-Acute Inpatient Areas:
    • Crichton Rehabilitation Unit
      • There will continue to be NO visitors.
    • Transitional Care Unit
      • There will continue to be NO visitors per the guidance of PA DOH.
         
  • Emergency Room
    • One visitor at a time is permitted
    • Visitors must be screened upon entry at the Emergency Room entrance only and an armband will be given indicating they have been screened.
    • Visitors are required to wear a mask that they bring in.
    • Visitors who screen positive at entry will not be granted access into the facility.
    • Current guidance with social distancing must be adhered.
       
  • CPG Offices
    • There will continue to be NO visitors in the physician offices. Visitors cannot be accommodated due to an inability to maintain social distancing with limited space in waiting rooms and exam rooms.  
    • One person will be permitted into OB ultrasound with expectant mother.
    • A minor child being seen by a provider may have one parent or legal guardian.
    • An assistant to help those who are physically unable to get into the physician office can enter, but must return to their vehicle until the patient is ready for pick up.
    •  A decision maker for patients, who are not capable of making decisions for themselves, may be allowed in. They must be screened and masked prior to making those decisions with the office. These visits must be prearranged and approved by physician office.
  • Outpatient Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapy
    • There will continue to be NO visitors in the therapy clinic unless requested by the therapist. Visitors cannot be accommodated due to an inability to maintain social distancing with limited space in waiting rooms and exam rooms.
    • An assistant to help those who are physically unable to get into the therapy clinic can enter and must be masked, but must return to their vehicle until the patient is ready for pick up.
    • A decision maker for patients, who are not capable of making decisions for themselves, may be allowed in. They must be screened and masked prior to making those decisions with the office. These visits must be prearranged and approved by therapy clinic.
    • Permitted visitors are required to wear a mask that they bring in.

Vaccine

At this time, Conemaugh has temporarily paused registration for vaccine appointments as we await delivery of more vaccine doses from the PA Department of Health. The PA Department of Health determines our vaccine allotment, and as we receive more vaccine, we will reopen the registration form to sign up for the appointments. Community members, who are in the 1A Tier, should keep an eye on our social media and website for more updates.

We have administered nearly 3,000 vaccines to date, and are wrapping up the second round doses in the coming weeks. Memorial is pleased to be taking this next exciting step toward ending the pandemic and advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier.

We are eager to vaccinate as many individuals as possible and are doing everything we can to ensure a smooth rollout at our facilities and in our community when the time comes. Once the vaccine is more widely available, we will work with our local and state partners to educate our community on how and where to get vaccinated. Check our website and social media platforms often for immunization plan updates.

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center reminds the public to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask or face covering in public, in addition to practicing social distancing, avoiding social gatherings outside your household, and proper hand hygiene.

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center continues to take all the necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, including limiting entry points to the facility, screening all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19, universal masking and maintaining a restricted visitation protocol.

For additional information about the hospital’s preparation and response to COVID-19, visit Conemaugh.org.

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center wants to remind members of the community about best practices for overall health and wellbeing during the pandemic, so we are sharing these recommendations.