Health: Floyd, Cartersville Medical Center announce updated visitor policies.

Health: Floyd, Cartersville Medical Center announce updated visitor policies.

Floyd Medical Center and Cartersville Medical Center have both amended their visitation policies. Here’s the latest:

Floyd is easing its visitation policy but will continue to limit visitors as COVID-19 continues to be present in the community. Effective at 8 a.m. Friday, May 22, one visitor may accompany a patient who is receiving care at most Floyd locations, including hospitals, Floyd Primary Care and Floyd Urgent Care offices and other outpatient locations.

Patients who are COVID-19 positive or suspected to have the virus cannot receive visitors.

Visitors will be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If any of these symptoms exist, the visitor will not be allowed entrance. All patients and visitors will be given masks to wear. They will be asked to observe social distancing and practice hand-hygiene protocols.

Children under the age of 13 will still not be permitted to visit. Visitors older than 65 and those who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 are discouraged from visiting or staying overnight.

Floyd implemented a no-visitor policy in early March when cases of COVID-19 were first being diagnosed throughout the region.

The following entrance guidelines will apply at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee(Ala.)  Medical Center:

  • Non-emergency patients and visitors may enter hospitals only at the main entrances.
  • Emergency patients and visitors should enter hospitals at the emergency room entrances.
  • Floyd Medical Center’s North Entrance on Turner McCall Boulevard and the Turner McCall Boulevard parking deck are closed to the public.

And at Cartersville Medical Center:

Active visitor restrictions

To reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses, we are taking the following precautions to protect our patients and you:

  • Patients will be limited to only one visitor* at a time.
    • *Visitors are NOT allowed for emergency, high-risk, isolation or respiratory patients who are under observation or test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • No visitors under the age of 12. (circumstances may allow for specific exceptions)
  • All patients and visitors will be screened upon entry, required to wear a mask and an armband indicating they have been screened.
  • Visitors who screen positive at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free.
  • Please utilize alternative methods of communication with patients as much as possible.

Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe environment for our patients.

Masking guidelines

We are continuing to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 public health crisis by implementing additional masking for all patients and visitors in public spaces such as hallways and elevators.

  • Masks will be provided to patients and visitors, and these masks should remain on until they are in their private room. Once in a private room, patients and visitors may remove their masks.
  • Masks should be reused when visitors leave the room and until they exit the building.
  • Visitors may use their own facemasks, instead of the masks provided by the hospital, but a mask must be worn.
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