Daily Update – March 25, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.
There are three inpatients currently hospitalized at Forrest General Hospital with COVID-19 illness. Highland Community Hospital has three inpatients currently hospitalized.
We are making contingency plans in the event the number of COVID-19 patients increases dramatically in our facility. We expect the number to increase over the next 3-4 weeks, and the severity of the illness to increase as well.
SUPPLIES OF PPE (Protective Personal Equipment)
We continue to have adequate numbers of PPE, and are working diligently to conserve our resources should our census of COVID-19 patients increase dramatically.
VISITATION POLICY CLARIFICATION – LABORING MOMS
We are seeing a lot of misinformation regarding our visitor policy for laboring moms. Laboring moms are allowed one visitor to be with them. There are Facebook posts and group posts stating that moms are being asked to labor alone. This is totally incorrect. Please reference our visitor policy tab which clearly states that laboring moms are allowed to have one visitor. We are doing all we can to protect our patients, visitors and staff. We ask you to assist us in stopping this rumor.
VISITATION POLICY – FRONT ENTRANCE
The front entrance to Forrest General will be closing at 7 p.m. beginning tonight until further notice.
FORREST HEALTH COVID-19 HOT LINE
Forrest General has created a Hot Line telephone number for anyone calling into the hospital with general questions regarding COVID-19 or other general questions related to visitors, symptoms, supplies, etc. The Hot Line is staffed with nurses from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., seven days a week.
The Hot Line number is 601-288-1111
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to donate masks, please call the Hot Line and you will be routed to the appropriate area.
Due to the number of inquiries regarding how to make masks, we have developed a step-by-step outline with photos, thanks to some of the ladies making masks, as well as a video we were provided to assist with instructions. Please reference the “How You Can Help” section in the top right corner of this page for the information.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOOD DRIVE SUPPORT!
We have been asked by several how past blood drives compare to the recent drive. When combining all locations and the Vitalant Center, last week’s drive contributed 564 units. Past drives have ranged from 364-395 units. An important note – our past drives have not been promoted to the public and have only included employee donations and possibly a few family members who heard of the drive and asked to contribute. We are grateful again for the community response and all those who helped to make the drive take place quickly.