East Georgia Regional Medical Center (EGRMC) reduced visitors as we see COVID numbers increase throughout Georgia, including Bulloch and surrounding counties. The revised visitor policy allows only one visitor during visiting hours.

COVID testing

Georgia DPH released a statement reminding citizens not to go to hospital emergency departments for COVID testing.

EGRMC Emergency department is currently reporting overcrowded status.

At home COVID test kits are very hard to find. Urgent cares are very busy and are reporting heavy COVID testing. Most are now testing by appointment.

McCooks Pharmacy is the only pharmacy we are aware of that has at home test kits. They have a limited supply at the time this story was published. Other local pharmacies are receiving limited supplies daily. Local pharmacies seem to have a good supply of in pharmacy test. These nor the at home test are covered by insurance at this time.

The only free COVID testing is the Mako Medical testing site downtown. It is a send out PCR test and it will take a day or so to get results back. Click here to register for a free COVID test at the Mako Medical testing site.

EGRMC Revised Visitor Policy

Below is the revised visitor policy from the EGRMC website.

East Georgia Regional Medical Center is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and visitors. As the COVID-19 situation continues to change in our community, we continue to adjust visitor guidelines and policies as needed.

Patients in the hospital may have one (1) support person during visiting hours.

All visitors must be 18 years of age or older.

The number of entrances to the hospital remains limited. All visitors for patients should enter the hospital through the outpatient entrance Monday – Friday between 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. After hours and on weekends, visitors must enter through the emergency department entrance. Those visiting patients in the Women’s Pavilion may enter through the Women’s Pavilion entrance.

Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are under investigation may not have visitors. We do encourage you to use electronic communication for “virtual visitation” such as FaceTime and Skype.

A few reminders to help keep you safe:

  • Wear a face covering at all times, completely covering your mouth and nose.
  • Social distancing: maintain 6 feet separation.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Practice good hand hygiene.

By entering our facility, you attest that:

  • You do not have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • You do not have any new loss of taste or smell
  • You do not have a fever of more than 100.0 degrees F
  • You have not had recent unprotected close contact with a COVID-19 positive person
  • You are NOT currently COVID-19 positive

If you are sick, please stay home and visit when you are feeling better.

All of the above items are for your safety and to mitigate risks for you, our patients, and our staff members. We appreciate your understanding and compliance.

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