Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and a desire to keep patients and
staff safe, Fayette County Memorial Hospital has announced last week that
visitors are once again prohibited on the campus.
Obvious exceptions to this are minor children seeking care, a patient with
a disability who relies on a caregiver or family member and end-of-life
care. Other exceptions may be made in consultation with staff on a case-by-case
basis in accordance with the patient’s needs.
FCMH CEO Mike Diener explained the facility is seeing a marked increase
in the number of patients seeking care who are COVID-19 positive. One
recent weekend the emergency department saw 12 patients who tested positive.
The inpatient unit has had the highest number of COVID-19 positive patients
since the beginning of the pandemic.
“We made the decision to restrict visitation due to several factors
which we monitor on a daily basis. These include the rise in positive
cases, the number of patients requiring hospitalization and the daily
impact to our staffing levels due to the need for our caregivers to quarantine,”
said Diener. “We continue to partner with the Fayette County Public
Health District, healthcare providers in our region, and Fayette County
Emergency Management, who brought us their supply trailer with additional
cots should we have a need.” He explained that earlier in the year
FCMH established a plan to coordinate staffing and additional beds throughout
the hospital in the event of an influx of patients beyond the facility’s
25 bed capacity. According to Diener, “we are providing opportunities
for caregivers from one department to train in another should the need
for additional staffing arise. Their dedication and willingness to step
up and do what is needed to ensure quality care is commendable.”
When asked how the community could best support the hospital and its caregivers,
Diener stated “this is a very serious time. Wear a mask and social
distance. By protecting yourselves from the spread, you are protecting
the nurses, physicians and other healthcare workers who are doing their
best to get the community healthy again.”