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For public information regarding COVID-19, please click the links below:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  – www.cdc.gov

Mississippi State Department of Health Coronavirus –  www.msdh.ms.gov

SCRMC Seeks Donations for Hand-Sewn Face Masks

Updated 3.25.20 at 9:00 a.m.

At this time, South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) has an adequate supply of masks on hand to protect its employees and patients from COVID-19. However, the global supply of masks continues to be uncertain and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies.

Linda Gavin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at SCRMC, said, “We have received numerous calls from the community over the last couple of weeks from churches, sewing groups, and other organizations asking if they can make masks out of fabric and donate them to the hospital. As with all healthcare facilities around the country, South Central has limited protective medical equipment and any donations of this type are appreciated.”

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against the coronavirus causing COVID-19, cloth masks combined with a filter provided by SCRMC will work well for other conditions and can help conserve precious reserves of N-95 respirator masks.

If you would like to donate masks to the South Central Health System, please email info@scrmc.com or call: 601-498-3674 or 601-498-3956. Arrangements for face masks can be made between 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Drop-off is not available at SCRMC or other SCRMC facilities, so all donated masks should be coordinated by contacting our support staff by email or phone.

A recommended sewing tutorial, along with suggested cloth materials, can be found at https://scrmc.com/face-masks/. We are asking that material for masks be 100% cotton. Note versions with and without elastic in case elastic is in short supply. After face masks are received, they will be washed, starched and ironed by the Laundry services at SCRMC. All items will be held in our Laundry department until needed.

“We have also been asked if groups could bring food to the hospital for healthcare workers. As much as we appreciate the offer, we are limiting visitors within our organization and unable to accept food donations. Making and donating these masks is the best way you can help at this time. Your efforts will help make a difference in our patients, staff and community,” Gavin closed.

To make arrangements for donations, please call 601-498-3674 or 601-498-3956 or email info@scrmc.com. To read step-by-step instructions on requested style face mask, visit https://scrmc.com/face-masks/. To watch a video tutorial on requested style face mask, visit https://scrmc.com/face-masks/.

SCRMC to Host Community Blood Drive | March 31 – April

Updated 3.24.20 at 4:30 p.m.

COVID-19 has caused a national blood shortage due to blood drive cancellations and increased usage.  People continue to ask how you can help in the community, DONATE BLOOD! This an excellent way to help everyone.

South Central Regional Medical Center will host a community blood drive on March 31 and April 1. The Community Blood Drive will be held in the Blood Mobile Unit at the South Central Medical Office Complex.

The Blood Drive will be properly sanitized to keep all donors and staff safe. Donors will be able to wait in their cars until their appointment time.

To register for an appointment time, please visit bloodhero.com sponsor code: SCRMC.

SCRMC Continuing to Screen and Test for the Coronavirus

Updated 3.23.20 at 12:00 p.m.

Mark Horne, MD, Chief Medical Officer at South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) stated, “A press release broke last night from Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) that did not include SCRMC on the list of hospitals testing for Coronavirus. That list refers to drive through locations only. We have not set up a drive through site similar to those in other locations around the state, given that we have adequate space and capacity within our facilities. Once again, let me be clear so that everyone understands, any patient who presents to a SCRMC clinic, our Emergency Department or who is a patient in SCRMC with symptoms of COVID-19 will receive screening, testing and treatment fully consistent with the recommendations of the MSDH and CDC.”

Teresa Camp-Rogers, MD, Chief Quality Officer at SCRMC stated this morning, “The South Central Regional Medical Center Health System is actively testing for COVID-19 and has been since the beginning of March.” Testing is occurring at the following SCRMC Clinics and also in the South Central Emergency Department:

  • Ellisville Medical Clinic – 601-477-8553, 1203 Avenue B in Ellisville, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ellisville OBGYN Clinic – 601-477-2226, 1203 Avenue B in Ellisville, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ellisville Pediatric Clinic – 601-477-3550, 1203 Avenue B in Ellisville, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Laurel Family Clinic – 601-428-0577, 1440 Jefferson Street in Laurel, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • South Central Family Medicine – 601-649-2863, 1203 Jefferson Street in Laurel, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • South Central Internal Medicine – 601-649-2863, 1203 Jefferson Street in Laurel, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • South Central Pediatrics – 601-649-3520, 1002 Jefferson Street, Suite 200 in Laurel, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • South Central Urgent Care – 601-425-2273, 1430 Jefferson Street in Laurel, Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Call the clinic prior to arrival.

Camp-Rogers, MD, continued, “We are following the CDC guidelines on when to test. The CDC guidelines for testing include fever of 100.4 or greater, and cough or shortness of breath.”

Pam Shores, Director of Laboratory Services at SCRMC, stated, “I am so proud of our South Central team. We have a great system in place for collecting specimens for COVID-19 collections. Specimens collected at our medical clinics and in the Emergency Department are currently being sent to the Mississippi Public Health Laboratory in Jackson. They are taken three times each day and one time on weekends. As soon as tests are complete, the Mississippi State Laboratory in Jackson notifies South Central Regional Medical Center and the patient’s provider notifies the patient and makes them aware of the test results.”

South Central Regional Medical Center Update of Operations During COVID-19

Updated 3.21.20 at 4:00 p.m.

The South Regional Medical Center Health System in Laurel is appreciative of the hard work of the Mississippi State Department of Health as they have provided guidance and direction to Mississippi hospitals, physicians, medical centers, medical clinics and patients throughout this COVID-19 process.

On Thursday, healthcare officials throughout Mississippi received the following directives from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) to protect patients and healthcare workers throughout our state. The directive came from the CDC (Centers of Disease Control).

  • Physicians, hospitals and medical centers must defer elective surgical diagnostic procedures until the spread of COVID-19 has diminished and the supply of protective medical equipment is restored.
  • Physicians and providers should reschedule non-urgent medical appointments for a later date.
  • Patients should reschedule non-essential procedures, surgeries or medical visits until the threat of COVID-19 is diminished.

REMEMBER: Only those with symptoms of the Coronavirus will be tested. Symptoms include: Cough, tightness in the chest, and/or a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher.

The South Central Emergency Department is continuing to treat patients with emergency conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as it has always done.

South Central Urgent Care

Over the weekend, when most primary care provider clinics are closed, those who believe they have the symptoms of the Coronavirus should go to South Central Urgent Care located at 1430 Jefferson Street. Hours are: 8 am until 5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. However, only those with symptoms of the Coronavirus will be tested for the condition. The clinic will treat other urgent care conditions as it always does.

The South Central Regional Medical Center Health System is preparing now to roll out South Central Telehealth. This process will be available soon and will not be provided in all medical specialties, but will certainly provide assistance and support. 

As soon as South Central Telehealth is in place, information will be placed on scrmc.com, Facebook, in area newspapers, television stations and will also be forwarded to other members of the press. As always, your health is important to us, and we want to do everything we can to provide assistance and support during this time.

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Mississippi COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Updated 3.20.20 at 9:00 a.m.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH), there are 80 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with 1 related death. Cases within Mississippi were in the following counties:

  •  Adams – 1
  • Bolivar – 2
  • Coahoma – 3
  • Copiah – 2
  • DeSoto – 4
  • Franklin – 1
  • Forrest – 4
  • Hancock – 3 cases, 1 case related death
  • Harrison – 8
  • Hinds -7
  • Holmes – 3
  • Humphreys – 1
  • Jackson – 3
  • Jones – 1
  • Lafayette – 1
  • Lawrence – 1
  • Lee – 1
  • Leflore – 7
  • Madison – 3
  • Marshall – 1
  • Monroe – 2
  • Pearl River – 7
  • Perry – 1
  • Pike – 1
  • Rankin – 3
  • Smith – 1
  • Tippah – 3
  • Walthall – 1
  • Webster – 1
  • Wilkinson – 1
  • Winston – 1
  • Yazoo – 1

Total – 80 cases, 1 case related death

Mississippi COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Updated 3.19.20 at 10:00 a.m.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH), there are 50 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with zero related deaths. Cases within Mississippi were in the following counties:

  • Bolivar – 2
  • Coahoma – 2
  • Copiah – 2
  • DeSoto – 2
  • Forrest – 4
  • Hancock – 2
  • Harrison – 7
  • Hinds – 6
  • Holmes – 1
  • Jackson – 2
  • Jones – 1
  • Leflore – 4
  • Madison – 1
  • Monroe – 1
  • Pearl River – 7
  • Perry – 1
  • Smith – 1
  • Walthall – 1
  • Wilkinson – 1
  • Winston – 1
  • Yazoo – 1
    Total 50

Vitalant to Host Community Blood Drive – March 24, 2020

Updated 3.19.20 at 9:00 a.m.

BLOOD DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED! Please consider giving blood on Tuesday, March 24th at The Cameron Center located at 710 N. 10th Avenue in Laurel. Blood donations will be accepted from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. CLICK HERE to sign up!

The fear of coronavirus is severely impacting the U.S. blood supply as Vitalant and other blood centers across the country are struggling to maintain stable inventories and avoid a critical blood shortage. With school closures and business shutdowns, 25% of Vitalant’s blood collections anticipated in March have disappeared—almost overnight. And that number continues to grow.

“We need people to start turning out in force to give blood,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (the agency that regulates all U.S. blood centers). “We need it not to get to the point that surgeries are having to get canceled.”

It’s extremely important right now for healthy people to make a blood donation appointment by calling 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) or going online to vitalant.org.

South Central Has First Positive Case of the Coronavirus

Updated 3.18.20 at 5:20 p.m.

With Mississippi now having a growing number of presumptive cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), hospitals across the state are starting to limit patient visitation. “South Central Regional Medical Center implemented a revised visitation policy today at 2 p.m. to be proactive. This policy will remain in place until further notice,” according to Teresa Camp-Rogers, MD, Chief Quality Officer at South Central.

At 4 p.m. today, South Central received notification from the Mississippi State Department of Health that the hospital had it’s first case with a positive result. The patient was from Jasper County and did not require hospitalization.

“Patients, including those who visit South Central’s Emergency Department, are now allowed one visitor at a time. Each visitor will be required to pass the hospital’s screening guidelines before going further,” Dr. Camp-Rogers said.

Those who want to visit an inpatient in the hospital will be asked to enter through the hospital’s main front entrance which is located at 1220 Jefferson Street between 5:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. There is a check-in station directly inside the front of the hospital’s main entry doors where visitors are screened. Those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher and/or have respiratory symptoms which include a dry cough, or shortness of breath will not be able to access the facility. They will be told to contact their healthcare provider’s office for further guidance. Those who are allowed access to the building will be provided a Visitor ID Badge which must continue to be worn throughout their time in the building. It is important for visitors to remain in the patient room the entire time they are in the facility.

If multiple visitors arrive to visit a patient, only one visitor will be allowed in the building at a time,” Dr. Camp-Rogers said. “It is important that visitors coordinate their visitation and meet at the check-in station located at the hospital’s main entrance.”

Patients who are scheduled to have a test or procedure at the hospital will also be asked to enter through the main hospital entrance. Any patients who exhibit symptoms associated with respiratory illness or have been in an area experiencing COVID-19 outbreak will receive further evaluation to determine next steps.

“This day and time, society has provided a world of electronic measures to assist in communication, such as calling the patient’s cell phone, texting them, Face Timing or Skyping them. We encourage as much of this as possible during this time. The less visitors we have in the building the safer our patients and staff will be,” she said.

“Additional updates will be placed on scrmc.com as needed. We appreciate the community’s support during this time,” she concluded.

Mississippi COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Updated 3.17.20 at 2:00 p.m.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH), there are 21 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with zero related deaths. A total of 9 new cases were reported on Tuesday, March 17th. Cases within Mississippi were in the following counties:

  • Copiah – 2
  • Forrest – 3
  • Hancock – 1
  • Harrison – 1
  • Hinds – 6
  • Jackson – 1
  • Leflore – 4
  • Monroe – 1
  • Pearl River – 2

MSDH and CDC recommends the following:

Protect others:

  • Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
  • If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, severe cough, fever or severe chest pain, call a doctor or healthcare provider for instructions on being safely examined.

Protect yourself away from home

  • Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact. – Number updated on 3.16.20
  • Practice social distancing advice below when your are in a group of people.
  • Avoid unnecessary (non-urgent) air, bus or train travel.
  • Limit visitation to older relatives or friends (especially in nursing or care homes).

Practice protective hygiene

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
  • Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
  • During or before flu season, get a flu shot. Flu vaccination can prevent the flu or make it less severe, and decrease your chance of hospitalization and death. It also keeps you healthier and better able to fight off infections.

For latest information, download Mississippi Ready in the App Store today. Also, visit MSDH.MS.GOV or CDC.GOV.

South Central Wellness Center Closed | Membership Payments Suspended

Updated 3.16.20 at 9:30 a.m.

Due to the Mississippi State Department of Health recommendations, the South Central Wellness Center is closed. Closure of the Wellness Center will continue until further notice.

All bank drafts have been suspended until operations resume. Members who have already paid for time during closure will receive an account credit.

For updates, continue to follow us on Facebook or visit scrmc.com. Your membership and health are very important to us. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

South Central Regional Medical Center Officials Talk About Coronavirus Preparedness

Updated 3.13.20 at 11:15 a.m.

Provided by IMPACT – www.Impact601.com – The normality of financial markets, travel, work schedules and public events are all being disrupted as the world’s attention remains riveted to continual updates of the Coronavirus. Here at home, officials at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak, but they are encouraging people to plan, not panic.

“The purpose of this press conference today is for us to share with our community what we’re doing at South Central to respond to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19,” offered Dr. Teresa Camp-Rogers as she opened up the meeting with local media on Thursday, March 12.

Camp-Rogers is the chief quality officer at SCRMC.

“As we all know, there was a case confirmed in Forrest County, and that’s really close to us. We at South Central have been following the Coronavirus since mid-January, and what we’ve been doing since that time is planning operationally to protect our staff and treat our patients and community,” she added. “We’re following closely the MSDH and CDC guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of patients with COVID-19. We’re working with regional hospitals and EMS to have a coordinated response.”

To help mitigate the spread of the virus in the local area, SCRMC is requesting that the general public refrain from visiting the hospital unless an illness requires it.

“At this time what we’re asking from South Central is limiting visitation to the hospital; we’re asking our community to limit coming to the hospital,” said Camp-Rogers. “If you need to come to the ER because you’re ill, that’s what we do. We’re talking about visiting patients in the hospital. We need you to consider that very carefully.”

Dr. Mark Horne, chief medical officer at the hospital, corroborated his colleague’s statement.

“Unless you need to be here to receive health care, or unless you need to be here to help a loved one receive health care, please don’t come just to visit. This is where it’s gonna end up, with us,” he noted. “If it’s here, we need people to not come here, acquire it and then go back into the community and spread it more. The fewer people we have here, the easier it is for us to use our resources to help people. We love our patients. We love our community. Help us help you.”

The doctors shared that each person that gets the virus has the potential to, on average, pass it to 2 to 2.5 more people. If an individual has come in contact with someone with the COVID-19, or another virus like the flu, or if an individual gets confirmation that they have the Coronavirus, social isolation (staying at home until the symptoms dissipate) can help restrict the spread of the virus.

The primary symptoms of COVID-19 can closely mimic those of the flu and include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Until the virus begins to die down, Horne recommends social distancing (staying a minimum of six feet away from others) in public places, something he conceded is counter-culture in the South. “We’re Southerners. We like to gather together, have a glass of tea and a meal and meet together at church.”

Nevertheless, the doctors promoted staying away from large social gatherings and using social distancing when public interaction is necessary. Large institutions, such as the nation’s colleges, are following that advice as many have closed campus events. Even athletic conferences, like the SEC and C-USA, are shutting down basketball and baseball competition. Those shutdowns have affected Mississippi’s universities.

The NCAA, the governing body of college athletics, has announced that fans will not be allowed to attend the college basketball tournament for Division 1 schools. Known as March Madness, the seven-round, single elimination event is a hugely popular national event that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in a few weeks.

“If you are sick, don’t go into groups or crowds. Be honest with yourself and protect your fellow citizens,” Horne urged.

The doctors said that treatment of the virus is mainly supportive and that most patients will recover at home with standard care, including rest, and by following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The doctors concurred that wearing face masks do not really offer any great preventive aid. Social distancing and good hygiene are better methods of prevention.

“Most people don’t wear a face mask properly, so it gives a false sense of security,” explained Horne. “If you know what you’re doing, that’s one thing. But the vast majority of people have no experience in putting on and taking off a mask.”

Medical staffs use different masks than what the public has, and medical personnel wear the masks when they have prolonged contact with a patient being treated for the virus.

“This is not an end of the world event. I know a lot of people are scared, but it’s not time for panic; it’s time for concern and for doing the right things that will help diminish the rapid increase of this virus, which is a threat. We need people to work with us as we work with you. We’re not panicking, we’re planning,” Horne emphasized.

Horne stated that individuals who may get a diagnosis of COVID-19 or who are self-isolating because they think they may have come in contact with the virus, should “prepare for a period of a few weeks that you’ll be less public.” Such preparation includes having an ample supply of one’s prescription medications.

The hospital’s website, SCRMC.com, will push out COVID-19 updates multiple times a day, and the hospital plans to have links to official sources of good information about the virus.

Updated 3.12.20 at 4:30 p.m.

Keeping the home safe: Encourage your family members to do the following –

All households

  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions

Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system

  • Have the healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the
  • person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the
    person, such as by feeding or caring for the person
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly

Households with sick family members

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed
  • Have only one family member care for them
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Updated 3.12.20 at 2:30 p.m.

The Mississippi State Department of Health recommends that facilities limit the use of large gathering spaces within their organization. The South Central Cafeteria, South Central Gift Shop and South Central Wellness Center closed at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 until further notice. For updates regarding the Coronavirus locally, visit scrmc.com.

Updated 3.12.20 at 10:50 a.m.

According to Mark Horne, MD, Chief Medical Officer at South Central Regional Medical Center, “We are receiving constant updates from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control about the Coronavirus. Our healthcare team has a plan in place for those who may present with the condition.”

Teresa Camp-Rogers, MD, Chief Quality Officer at SCRMC, indicates “We have been following this closely since mid-January and been planning for our hospital’s response to this situation. The CDC has preventative guidelines in place for the public. Here is information about the Coronavirus that everyone should know.”

Mark Horne, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Symptoms of the Coronavirus

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Teresa Camp-Rogers, MD
Chief Quality Officer

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. ◦If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Stay Home Except to Get Medical Care

People who get the Coronavirus and are mildly ill are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas if you have the condition. Avoid using public transportation, or ride-sharing.

Separate Yourself from Other People and Animals in Your Home If You Have the Coronavirus

People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

Cover Your Coughs or Sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid Sharing Personal Household Items

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Monitor Your Symptoms

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

 

South Central Regional Medical Center’s Annual Art of Healing Rescheduled to July 11, 2020

Updated 3.11.20 at 10 a.m.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), there have been no incidents of the coronavirus reported in Mississippi. However to be proactive, and with input from the MSDH and the leadership of South Central Regional Medical Center’s medical staff, the event planners for Art of Healing have decided to reschedule the date of the event to Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Becky Collins, Executive Director of the South Central Health Care Foundation stated, “The event will be exactly the same as originally planned. Two of the key components of this event are the venue at The Gables and the band Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster. They have been contacted and graciously worked with our team to secure the new date for the event. All current ticket holders and sponsors are able to use tickets for the upcoming event on Saturday, July 11. If anyone has any questions regarding the event, please contact our office at 601-399-0503.”

South Central Health Care Foundation hosts Art of Healing as an annual auction and social event to serve as our main fundraiser. The South Central Health Care Foundation’s primary purpose is to improve the health of the community. Over the last year, hundreds of area residents have participated in free programs offered through the South Central Health Care Foundation and lives have been saved as a result of the initiatives.

For more information regarding Art of Healing, please contact our office at 601-399-0503 or bcollins@scrmc.com. More information regarding the upcoming event will be available at scrmc.com.

All messages are provided in conjunction with the Mississippi State Department of Health Guidelines.