Neshoba General Hospital is continuing to make changes as it strives to protect its patients and staff from the threat of the coronavirus.


“This is changing so rapidly based on what is happening around us,” hospital spokeswoman Annette Watkins said. “Who knows. We may see something is not working and we have to make a change … like tonight.”


As of Tuesday morning, there are no cases of the coronavirus in Neshoba County. Neshoba General, through its mobile screening process, has screened 108 people. Thirty-four people have been tested for the coronavirus. Twenty-one of the tests are still out. Soo far, 13 have come back negative.


Last week, Neshoba General tightened its control on visitation and who is able to enter the building. Those controls have been tightened even more.


            The front entrance is separated between emergency patients and outpatients. Emergency patients will go through triage with a nurse before entering. Outpatients will have their temperature taken and will be asked a series of questions.


If you have any signs or symptoms of any illness, especially the flu or COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath), please stay away unless you are seeking medical care.


There are changes to the visitation policy. Visitation is now restricted to the Senior Life unit on the fourth floor of the hospital. The Nursing Home remains remained closed to visitors.


Pediatric patients are permitted to have two visitors, but they must be the child’s parents, guardians or caregiver. No other friends or relatives are allowed.


And, adult patients are not allowed to have any visitors except for the following circumstances:

? Adult patients determined by the care team to be at the end-of-life may be visited by members of the immediate family.

? Adult patients with disruptive behavior, for whom a family member is essential to their care, may have one visitor.

? Adult patients with altered mental status or developmental delays where a caregiver is necessary to assist may have one visitor.

? Adult patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor before and during the procedure for both inpatient.

and outpatient procedures. For inpatients, the visitor must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the patient returns to the room.

? Adult patients with an appointment at a NCGH clinic or procedural unit, or visiting the Emergency Department, may be accompanied by one visitor who remains in the clinic or procedural area.

? Visitors are not permitted in adult isolation rooms under any circumstances.

? Efforts are made to grant requests from a patient or family member for visits from a chaplain, chaplain intern, Eucharistic minister, community clergy or other spiritual advisor.

? Other exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


The hospital’s revised visiting schedule is from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.


 While there are reports from around the country of facilities running short on masks, gowns and other protective equipment, Watkins said Neshoba General is well stocked at this time.


Anyone living in Neshoba County who thinks they may have contacted the virus can call 601-663-1213 to be screened. Anyone who is deemed in need of testing will be scheduled to come and be tested at the Neshoba Medical Pavillon. Be sure to schedule an appointed and do not just show up.


Neshoba General will provide further updates on its website and on its social media page.