Summerville Medical Center patient tests positive for COVID-19
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials at Summerville Medical Center say a patient there tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Hospital spokesperson Kelly Bowen said the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control notified the facility about the test Tuesday night.
"We were notified by the Health Department that we have a patient in our facility who tested positive for COVID-19," Bowen said in a statement. "The patient was in isolation at the time."
Summerville Medical Center has protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and we have been working diligently to help ensure we’re prepared for COVID-19 cases, Bowen said.
"More than 10 days ago, as we often do during heavy influenza outbreaks, we instituted visitor restrictions," Bowen said. "Visitors and patients are being directed to use specific entrances so they can all be screened."
The hospital has positioned supplies at points of entry, so that any potential symptomatic patient who arrives can be properly masked and immediately isolated, she said.
“We will continue to reinforce infection prevention protocols and are working in partnership with the Health Department and the CDC,” Bowen said.
Trident Health institutes new visitation policy
Hospital officials have announced new visitation policies for Trident Health. Starting on Thursday at 6 a.m. Trident Health will allow only one visitor per patient at a time.
Hospital officials have announced new visitation policies for Trident Health.
Starting on Thursday at 6 a.m. Trident Health will allow only one visitor per patient at a time. Officials cited continued protection of its patients and staff regarding its new policy.
“Other visitors will have to wait outside the building, not in the lobby or waiting area, until the first visitor exits the hospital,” Trident Health officials said.
Regular visitation ends at 7:30 pm.
According to Trident Health, one overnight visitor is allowed for hospice and palliative care patients and patient advocates for pre and post-surgery patients.
“Also, no visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the hospitals unless they are receiving medical care,” hospital officials said."At Summerville Medical Center, children under 18 are allowed in the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby units if visiting a new sibling."
Trident Health includes Trident Medical Center, Summerville Medical Center, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency.