Hospital Update: Alternate Care Sites, PPE Conservation, Entry Restrictions, More

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Carteret Health Care is preparing for potentially high levels of of infectious disease, the facility announced in a news release Friday, April 3. It is also further restricting visitor access and has moved some diagnostic procedures to other facilities. Here’s a look at CHC’s latest COVID-19 prevention and preparedness plans:

COVID-19 Readiness

CHC President Harvey Case said the hospital has spent more than 1,000 hours refining existing pandemic plans to suit the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“I am pleased to say that we are taking similar approaches and steps as other experts, such as Mayo Clinic, to handle a surge of patients,” he said.

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CHC has identified two alternate care facilities and additional beds in case the hospital itself becomes inundated with COVID-19 patients. The locations of those sites were not released.

There are plans in place to triage patients outside the emergency department. Currently, emergency patients are being screened before entering the hospital.

The hospital is monitoring and conserving personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing kits. Case said private donations to the hospital have been beneficial.

Outpatient Changes

Some hospital services have been moved to other locations. Lab draws, radiology tests, pre-operative interviews, EKGs and other services have been moved to the CHC Imaging Center at 3402 Arendell Street.

(Almost) No Visitors Allowed

No visitors will be allowed at Carteret Health Care until further notice due to concerns over COVID-19.

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There are some exceptions to the new restrictions. A single healthy visitor is allowed for minors and expectant mothers, and special consideration will be given for end-of-life patients.

Families are encouraged to contact their loved ones virtually. CHC will provide options for patients without virtual communication technology.

CHC President Case said he is proud of the work his staff is doing.

“Carteret Health Care’s staff and providers, along with all health care workers everywhere, are the true heroes during this time. They all continue to amaze me with their willingness to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe.”

Additional information can be found on the CDC website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov, the NCDHHS Coronavirus website at: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina or at https://www.carterethealth.org/.