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MHP update on COVID-19 - April 7

NEW SERVICE: Virtual visits: www.mymhp.org/virtual

  • TELEHEALTH/VIDEO VISIT UPDATES
    • 591 Telehealth visits completed since 3/19
    • 375 MHP Family & Internal Medicine Telehealth visits completed since 3/19
    • 39 MHP Pediatric Telehealth visits completed since 3/19
    • 44 Psychology Telehealth visits completed since 3/19
    • Dr. Jacob has performed 95 Telehealth visits since 3/19
    • MHP Family & Internal Medicine has now performed over 40 home visits for patients unable to travel

 

  • GENERAL UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC:
    • Daily Temperature Logs at SNFs:  Shelby County Health Dept has required all local nursing homes to submit daily temperature logs of all residents and staff.  The County Health Dept Medical Director is reviewing these on a daily basis for any concerns or necessary follow-up.  MHP’s Nurse Practitioner is continuing to round daily at the facilities.   
    • Home follow-up visits.  MHP Family & Internal Medicine is performing home follow-up visits for patients with positive/pending results for COVID who been discharged from inpatient or the Emergency Department.  We have also performed home visits for patients that are attempting to remain in the home and avoid the Emergency Department.   
    • Hotel stays for Affected MHP Employees:  MHP cares about our employees and their families.  We have secured hotel accommodations at two local hotels for MHP staff who are affected by COVID-19.  For staff that need a hotel room, the hospital will pay for their entire stay.  Some examples would include: 
      • A staff member becomes infected with COVID-19 and needs to be quarantined away from their home; or
      • The staff member’s work schedule significantly changes and they need a quiet place to rest; or
      • For staff members working long hours who need a quiet place to rest/sleep.     

 

 

  • When can COVID-19 patients be released to work
    • People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
      • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
        • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
        • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
        • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
      • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
        • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
        • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
        • you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. 

 

 

  • SUPPLY UPDATES:
    • General Supplies and PPE:  We are beginning to see significant decreases in our shipment of supplies on allocation.  In some cases, we aren’t receiving anything.  Our main concerns are replenishment of disposable gowns and different sizes of non-latex gloves.   
    • N95 sterilization process:  We are working on a process to sterilize our N95 masks in-house.  Central Sterile and Pharmacy are working together to perfect the process.  We can sterilize up to 100 per day.   
    • Pharmacy:  We are evaluating using Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin on a limited basis in the outpatient setting for high-risk patients.  This would be limited to the ER, Priority Care and Washington Street locations.  We don’t have excess stock, but we are considering this in order to attempt to decrease the number of patients that need inpatient care or vent support. 
    • We need your empty hand sanitizer bottles.  We are making our own hand sanitizer and need your empty containers in order to reuse.      
    • Do you have items that you would like to donate?  (hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, bouffant caps, or gowns).  If so, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org)
    • Food Donations:  Several community supporters have called to offer to donate food for our staff and physicians.  Some are also doing it as a way to support those restaurants who are struggling to stay afloat while they are only open for carryout.  We are extremely grateful for all the community support and selfless gestures.  If you would like to find out more information, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org).   

 

  • PATIENTS TREATED AT OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC LOCATIONS:
    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Treated 23 patients yesterday and 14 patients so far today.  Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
    • Washington St. Clinic located at 157 W. Washington St:  Washington St Clinic treated 11 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms and 9 patients so far today.   Washington St. Clinic is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

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