March 11, 2020
Contact: Dawn Bryant
News for Immediate Release:
Tidelands Health to take additional steps to help prevent spread of coronavirus in the community
Effective Thursday, Tidelands Health will move to the next phase of enhanced visitation requirements at its hospitals as part of the health system’s COVID-19 coronavirus preparedness efforts.
Already, every visitor who enters a Tidelands Health hospital must receive and review a coronavirus information sheet. Visitors with flu-like symptoms are not allowed entry.
Starting Thursday at 7 a.m., the number of entrances at Tidelands Health hospitals will be limited and new visitor restrictions will begin:
- Tidelands Health will limit the number of visitors at its hospitals to one adult per patient, accompanied by no more than one child ages 12-17. Children under 12 will not be allowed to visit.
- Community members visiting Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital will be able to enter the hospital through the main entrance and emergency department entrance. All other public entrances will be closed.
- At Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, visitors and patients will be able to enter through the main entrance, emergency department entrance and Harris Medical Pavilion entrance. The Yawkey Surgery Pavilion entrance and other public entrances will be closed.
- Signs and maps will be available at both hospitals to support patient and visitor wayfinding.
“Our top priority at Tidelands Health is the health and wellness of our patients, team members and the community,” said Chris Rees, vice president of safety, service excellence and physician services for Tidelands Health. “We appreciate our community’s cooperation as we take these additional precautions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community.”
No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Horry or Georgetown counties.
Tidelands Health has implemented a comprehensive coronavirus care protocol for the system’s more than 60 locations, and leaders from the organization’s medical staff, nursing and administrative team are meeting daily to promote system readiness.
The health system is also taking a leading role in community education and preparedness, offering a variety of tools and information via a coronavirus information center at tidelandshealth.org
Area residents are encouraged to take preventive steps such as frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your mouth and nose, staying home if you are sick and covering any coughs or sneezes, properly disposing of the used tissues in the trash.
Individuals who feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing are encouraged to call their health care provider before visiting the provider’s office.
About Tidelands Health
Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners are working side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.