Posted March 18, 2020
Visitation Policy Effective March 18, 2020
No visitors under the age of 18
1 visitor per patient
Hospital doors will be locked at 9:00 PM
PGH Cafeteria and Gift Shop remain closed to the public until further notice
Please note all policies are subject to change.
Thank You for your patience and cooperation while we make adjustments for the safety of our patients, staff, and community.
Posted March 13, 2020
Putnam General Hospital - Public Statement
As your healthcare provider, Putnam General Hospital conducts ongoing reviews and assessments to review procedures involving infectious disease containment, control, and prevention. In response to the potential outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, please be reassured we are diligently working with the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health to ensure the safety and care of our community. Putnam General has formed a task force that meets twice weekly to stay abreast of the latest updates, recommendations, and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. Below are Coronavirus tips our community can engage in to help prevent the spread of
Coronavirus, as well as, other respiratory illnesses.
CDC recommends preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough.
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.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
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).
If you are concerned you might have the coronavirus, call your healthcare provider before going to a hospital or clinic. In mild cases, your doctor might give you advice on how to treat symptoms at home without seeing you in person, which would reduce the number of people you expose. But in more severe cases an urgent care center or hospital would benefit from advance warning because they can prepare for your arrival. For example, they may want you to enter a special entrance, so you do not expose others.