COVID-19 Updates

KDMC Covid Update-posted 2-22-22

Coronavirus Hotline

The Mississippi State Department of Health is now operating a hotline for convenient answers to questions about COVID-19 by phone.

Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877.978.6453.

CDC Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updates and additional information on their COVID-19 Resource Page, including topics such as how the disease spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, testing, and additional frequently asked questions.

Visit the CDC Website

Additional Resources

Visitation Policies

King’s Daughters Medical Center recognizes the importance and the rights of patients to have visitors; however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be restricting visitation for the health and safety of our patients and staff.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

  • There will be no visitation for patients who require isolation.
  • All visitors must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Visitor must stay in room with patient at all times; if patient leaves room for procedure/test, visitor must stay in the room. Visiting hours are 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
  • Clergy may visit during these times.

VISITATION TIMES:

  • ICU: Visiting allowed at 10:00am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm for 30 minutes – one (1) adult at a time. Clergy allowed at these times.
  • MEDICAL: Two (2) visitors allowed during visiting hours – one (1) visitor at a time.
  • SURGICAL: Two (2) visitors allowed during visiting hours – one (1) visitor at a time.
  • LDRP:
    • If patient is COVID +, they may have one visitor during their hospitalization. (Applies for 10 full days after someone has COVID.)
    • If patient in OB triage, they may have one (1) visitor with them.
    • If patient admitted to LDRP with negative COVID test, they may have two (2) visitors during the admission.
  • Emergency Room: One (1) adult (preferably a family member) may accompany an adult ER patient into an exam room. Both parents may accompany an ER patient who is a minor into the exam room.
  • OUTPATIENT SURGERY: One (1) visitor before and after surgery. Must stay in patient room while patient in surgery.
  • OUTPATIENT TESTING: No visitor will be allowed in this area unless required for patient assistance (physically or mentally incapacitated) – includes Radiology, Lab, Pain, Vein, Echo, etc.
  • KDMC Clinics: No visitor will be allowed unless required for patient assistance or is a pediatric patient. (see exception below)

EXCEPTIONS:

  • All pediatric patients may have two (2) adult visitors in any area of the hospital or clinics; both must be parents, guardians, or caregivers. The caregiver will be allowed overnight stays.
  • If the patient is physically or mentally incapacitated, one (1) adult caregiver may accompany the patient for the duration of the visit.
  • In an end-of-life situation, visitors may be approved by physician or NP. (They may authorize visitors under 18.)
  • A physician or NP must approve exceptions to the visitation policy.
  • Exceptions must be documented in the patient record and communicated to the door monitoring personnel.

VISITORS:

  • All visitors and patients must wear a mask or face covering at all times.
  • All visitors to the hospital will have temperature and symptom assessments. Any visitor with fever or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to enter. Any visitor under home isolation orders per MSDH or awaiting a COVID-19 test result will not be allowed entry.
  • Any visitor allowed in the hospital must remain in the room with the patient at all times. Any visitor who does not follow the guidelines will be escorted out of the building.
  • There will be no visitors allowed in the clinic waiting areas except as noted for pediatric patients or incapacitated adults needing caregiver assistance.

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

King’s Daughters Medical Center would like to announce that we have Monoclonal Antibody Therapy available for individuals diagnosed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

These treatments are for those that have been diagnosed with a mild to moderate case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and are at High Risk of hospitalization. Medication must be administered within 10 days of symptom onset.

HIGH RISK is defined as patients who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Body Mass Index greater than 35
  • Have chronic kidney disease
  • Have diabetes
  • Have an immunosuppressive disease or receiving immunosuppressant therapy
  • 65 years of age or older
  • 55 years of age or older with Hypertension, COPD, or other respiratory diseases

Please contact your physician today about this treatment. You must have a physician’s order to receive this treatment from KDMC.

Tip of the Day

For those that have been quarantined!

While not all quarantines are the same, look to the CDC for how best to do your part. Currently, the CDC recommends:

Make it a staycation: Avoid leaving your home unless absolutely necessary (read: visiting your healthcare provider, see the next bullet for how to do that). That means no work, school or church and saying no to your cousin's wedding.

Visiting your Healthcare Provider: You may need to see your healthcare provider, or have a follow-up. Check with your provider to see if a virtual visit is possible. Or at least, call ahead first, so that the medical facility can take steps to prevent others from getting infected.

Worried about your fur babies? At this time, the CDC says there's no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19. But it may still be good to still use caution. If you've been exposed to COVID-19, avoid "petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food [during a coronavirus quarantine]," recommends the CDC.

Do Not Share: "Don't share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home," says the CDC.

Wash, rinse, repeat: Hygiene is an integral part of this, even at home. Handwashing (use soap and water at least 20 seconds) should be your first line of defense when under quarantine. Hand sanitizers with minimum 60% alcohol can be used if you can wash utilize soap and water immediately. And, don't forget, cough or sneeze into your elbows or a tissue that you then throw the tissue away.