Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.
COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
- We currently are not administering anymore vaccines due to limited supply. Anyone interested in a vaccine should contact the Clark County Health Department at 859.744.4482 or ClarkhdDOC@ky.gov. Visit the Clark County Health Department Facebook Page here for updates and notifications.
- We encourage everyone in our community to be a hero and get vaccinated once the vaccine is more widely available to our community members, hopefully in the coming months. #VaccineHero
At Clark Regional Medical Center, our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. As we have seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, our current visitor policies have been updated as follows:
Hospital Visitors Not Permitted Until Further Notice
To help ensure the safety of our patients, providers, employees and community, our facility has implemented a zero-visitor* protocol effective immediately.
Some exceptions include:
- 1 ER visitor per patient other than COVID-19 positive.
- 1 support visitor in Center for Women & Babies
- 1 parent or guardian for pediatric patients
Additional exception requests will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the administrator on-call.
Although there are visitor restrictions at our facility, we encourage you to stay in touch with your loved ones! Please consider using alternative methods of communication including phone calls, texts and video chats. We offer free guest Wi-Fi for our patients.
Transitional Care Unit - Family/Significant Other Visitation Plan
Under current State guidance for Medicare Certified Long term Care Facilities, issued November 10, 2020, the decision to reopen resident on-site visitation is based upon the following determinants:
- Clark County, KY has been determined to be in “yellow” (or lower) designated status based upon the State Health Department’s infection rate numbers which permits visitation.
- If the visitor(s) is from a County/State still designated as “red” by the State Health Department, visitation will not be permitted unless the visitor(s) can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past 48-72 hours.
- If those screening tools are satisfied, the resident will be allowed two (2) visitors at a time from a pre-determined visitor list (no greater than 6 people) developed by the resident or the POA.
- A maximum of a one, one (1) hour visit per day for up to two (2) people, in the following time slots (10A-12P), (3P-5P), and (7P-9P), will be allowed to conform with hospital visitation policy.
- The designated visitor(s) will call the TCU (859-737-6200) to schedule a visit time at least two (2) hours prior to the time they would like to visit. If there is visitation already scheduled during that time, alternate times will be offered.
- Upon entering the hospital, the visitor(s) will have their temperature taken at the Information Desk to be allowed to come back to the TCU.
- The visitor(s) will ring the doorbell at the entrance to the TCU to be allowed into the unit. Upon entering the TCU the resident will again have their temperature taken again and record same on the Visitor Screening Log and answer the associated questions at the counter of the nurses’ station.
- The visitor(s) will be escorted to the resident’s room by a staff member.
- Both the visitor(s) and resident will be required to wear approved face coverings during the visit. Any deviation from this mandated requirement will disqualify the visitor(s) from further visitation.
- During the visit, government mandated social distancing (6 ft.) must be observed at all times. Any deviation from this mandated requirement will disqualify the visitor(s) from further visitation.
- Upon exiting the resident’s room, the visitor will enter their departure time and sign their name in the Visitor Screening Log on the same line they entered their temperature at the start of the visit.
- After the visit, staff will sanitize the chair, table, door handles, lavatory, etc. or other areas that the visitor came into contact with during the visit.
Signage is being posted around the facility notifying visitors and the community of these new restrictions and guidelines.
To prevent the spread of illness, visitors who are cleared are expected to do the following:
- Must remain in the patient’s room at all times.
- Must immediately leave the hospital once leaving the patient’s room. Visitors should not wander through hallways or spend time in common areas of the hospital, including lobbies, waiting areas, and vending areas.
- Limit the number of personal items brought into the hospital.
- sanitizer EVERY time entering and exiting a patient room.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain a safe environment for our patients and team.
As the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, so does our hospital’s response. In addition to measures we’ve taken including restricting visitors, closing common areas, and adhering diligently to the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Clark Regional Medical Center is taking more precautionary steps to help ensure the safety of our patients, employees and visitors.
We know that these increased precautions may seem concerning. We do not want to cause alarm – but we do want to send a clear message to our community that we are prepared, responding appropriately and are committed to protecting the well-being of our patients, visitors, employees and community.
These increased safety measures do NOT mean that you cannot access the hospital or your providers. Please seek medical care as needed. And if you are concerned you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your provider in advance of going to his or her office. Of course, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
Clark Regional Medical Center values the trust our community places in us, and we appreciate your understanding as we shift our visitation policies during this time.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19.