Media release: In an ongoing effort to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, Harbin Clinic
is implementing a no visitor policy at all locations. The following restrictions apply, including Immediate Care:
- Patients only allowed at all Harbin Clinic locations with limited exceptions. One person per patient for children and minors. One person per patient for those who need assistance.
- No vendors allowed, including pharmaceutical and medical device representatives.
- As a reminder, patients at all locations will continue to be screened during phone scheduling as well as at check-in. Additional on-site screening will occur at location entrances with multiple departments in one building. These precautionary measures further strengthen the existing visitor restrictions already in place.
- Patients visiting any Harbin Clinic location should call before coming if they have cough, fever or shortness of breath AND think they may have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
- At the current time, online scheduling is not available.
If patients have questions regarding how this policy might impact their upcoming appointment, they should contact their healthcare provider’s office.
Jill Isabel, Harbin Clinic Infection Control Coordinator, discusses the importance of hand washing and other tips to prevent the spread of illness. For more information, visit harbinclinic.com/coronavirus
Area hospitals rescheduling nonessential surgeries, other procedures.
Media release: Hospital and healthcare leaders across Northwest Georgia are working collaboratively to respond to the increasing presence of COVID-19 in Northwest Georgia.
Following the guidelines from both the U.S. Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons, effective immediately, AdventHealth Gordon, Cartersville Medical Center, Floyd Health System, Harbin Clinic and Redmond Regional Medical Center are beginning the process of rescheduling non-essential surgeries and procedures.
Essential and emergency procedures and services will continue uninterrupted. The decision was based on the need to limit exposure and minimize further spread of COVID-19 among patients and visitors as well as healthcare professionals. It also allows each healthcare organization to conserve resources as the entire medical community faces a diminishing supply of critical protective equipment. The elimination of non-essential and elective surgeries and procedures will also ensure the most time-sensitive and medically necessary care can be prioritized and delivered quickly.
Patients impacted by this decision can expect to be contacted directly from their healthcare provider with additional instructions. Questions regarding how this decision will impact upcoming appointments or procedures should be directed to each patient’s healthcare provider.
Northwest Georgia medical leaders will continue to work together aggressively and compassionately to provide the highest level of medical care. Each healthcare organization is taking the necessary steps to protect the community and keep the public informed as the situation evolves.
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