Hannibal Regional COVID-19 Hotline: (800) 845-7405

March 19, 2020 - Hannibal Regional implemented visitor restrictions and temporary entrance changes.

Hannibal Regional has been communicating with key stakeholders including the City of Hannibal, local health departments, schools and several others.  We are all monitoring the situation and working together in our efforts to flatten the curve.

 

Hannibal Regional Announces Temporary Entrance Changes

As part of the community’s proactive planning to slow the spread of COVID-19, Hannibal Regional is temporarily changing entrances to Hannibal Regional Hospital and Hannibal Regional Medical Group beginning March 19, 2020 until further notice.  

  • Fever/virus entrance: patients with fever, cough and shortness of breath should use the fever/virus entrance located east of the Emergency Department.  Team members will be stationed at the entrance to assist patients through appropriate protective measures.  
  • Surgery patients:  all surgery patients must enter on the southwest side of Hannibal Regional Hospital.  All patients and their visitor will be screened for illness.
  • All hospital inpatients will be discharged through the hospital loading/unloading zone located on the south west side of Hannibal Regional Hospital.
  • The north entrance of Hannibal Regional Medical Group is to be used for Hannibal Regional Infusion Center patients only.
  • All other patients and visitors should use the main Hannibal Regional Medical Group entrance.

Hannibal Regional Visitor Restrictions

As part of the community’s proactive planning to slow the spread of COVID-19 Hannibal Regional is implementing visitor restrictions beginning March 19, 2020 until further notice.  

Until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, team members and the community Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is implementing visitor restrictions at Hannibal Regional Hospital and all Hannibal Regional Medical Group locations.

We recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. In these cases, visitors will be allowed based on the exceptions listed below. Please note: in all cases a visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath). Additionally, children under the age of 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances. Visitor restrictions are as follows:

  • Women in labor may have one partner and one birth support person accompany them.
  • Nursery patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life or critically ill on life support may have two visitors.
  • Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have one visitor.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one visitor.
  •  Minors under the age of 18 may have one visitor, or parents or guardians.
  •  Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor (patients under age of 18 may have two visitors) who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery.
  • The following patients may have one person with them:
    • Patients who have an appointment at a Hannibal Regional Medical Group location
    • Patients who are undergoing laboratory testing or a radiology procedure
    • Patients visiting the Emergency Department 

Visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout their visit.  Once the visitor leaves the patient’s room they must leave the facility.  

Visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test. 

How is Hannibal Regional prepared?

Hannibal Regional regularly plans for and prepares to manage a wide variety of illnesses in the communities we serve.  We have a team of clinicians and administrative personnel who regularly meet to assess the current situation in our communities and determine how to best prepare to care for our patients.  Plans have also been developed to accommodate a sudden influx of patients if necessary.  We want to assure the community we are prepared to care for them when they need us.

Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 seek medical attention immediately.  Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive.  Please consult your healthcare provider to any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What to do if you are sick with flu-like symptoms

For people feeling mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath the safest option is to self-quarantine in their home and call their healthcare provider to determine the next step in their healthcare.  

Preparation and Prevention

  • Find local information.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is monitoring and reporting the number of cases tested and their results throughout the state of Missouri.  To learn more call their 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411 or visit their COVID-19 Outbreak webpage.
  • Know the signs and symptoms.  Know the signs and symptoms of COVID - 19 and if you are symptomatic:
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Call your healthcare provider's office before you visit
    • Limit your movement in the community
    • Limit visitors
  • Take steps for those who are at higher risk.  Know what additional steps those at higher risk should take to protect themselves.
  • Protect yourself and family.  Implement steps to prevent illness (examples: stay home when sick, handwashing, clean frequently touched surfaces daily)
  • Create a household plan.  Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
    • Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
    • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
    • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
  • Stay informed about emergency plans.  Know emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  The best method of prevention is to avoid being exposed to the virus.  The virus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

To help prevent the spread of disease clean your hands often and avoid closed contact with others who are sick.  Practice social distancing to lessen the risk of developing an illness.

 

Hannibal Community COVID-19 Updates

Key community leaders, composed of more than thirty representatives from organizations in the Hannibal area, are in communication to identify ways to continue joint efforts in a unified approach to the coronavirus situation.  Click the dates below to read the community updates.

March 17, 2020

March 19, 2020

March 24, 2020 (links to video)

CDC Information

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