Many in our community may have questions and concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Sampson Regional Medical Center is closely monitoring risks for the Coronavirus with guidance from The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the NC Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), and our local health department. Be assured, the hospital has a plan in place to care for patients who may present with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
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The only visitor entrance into the hospital is through the Emergency Room & Outpatient Entrance, accessed by Cooper Drive. The entrance on Beaman Street is closed to the public. Visitors can expect to be screened before gaining access to any area of the hospital.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and new information becomes available almost daily. To stay informed with the most recently available information, we recommend following The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). You can access that site here for detailed information about COVID-19, how it's spread, symptoms, prevention, treatment, and testing. You may also find it useful to follow the NC Department of Health & Human Services page for more detailed information about North Carolina's preparedness.
Sampson Regional will follow CDC guidelines for screening patients based on symptoms, travel history within 14 days of symptom onset, and/or close contact with affected individuals. Physicians have specific criteria they must follow before ordering a test. Please understand that tests cannot be performed simply upon request without first meeting these criteria. Testing is ordered when a healthcare provider determines it is appropriate.
Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines for screening patients based on symptoms, travel history within 14 days of symptom onset, and/or close contact with affected individuals.
Sampson Regional is not able to test for COVID-19 in its laboratory. Based on screening criteria and symptoms, we will coordinate testing through the state laboratory or a commercial laboratory approved by the FDA for COVID-19 testing.
Keep yourself and loved ones safe by following these tips.
If your symptoms are mild, contact your primary care provider or the health department for guidance. If you have fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, inform your provider. Also, let them know if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with an ongoing spread.
If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, follow these steps from the CDC. Call ahead before walking into a clinic or doctor's office. This will help your healthcare provider take the right steps to keep other people from being exposed.
If you are in distress with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath or believe you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or report to the nearest emergency department. If it will not delay your care, consider calling on the way so that the staff can prepare for your arrival.
The number of patients tested is not released to the public. This information is made available to hospital administrators who are responsible for managing hospital operations and to public health agencies who are responsible for monitoring public health and disease outbreaks. Not all tests for COVID-19 in our community are performed at the hospital. Tests may also be performed by the health department and other healthcare organizations unaffiliated with Sampson Regional Medical Center.
The release of this information is coordinated through North Carolina's Emergency Management Center or when appropriate by our Public Information Officer to the media. Not all tests for COVID-19 are performed at Sampson Regional Medical Center. Sampson County Emergency Management releases information about confirmed cases in Sampson County, including those confirmed by the hospital. If we have positive cases, we aim to be honest and transparent at the earliest time possible but understand our commitment is first to our patients, healthcare workers, and the agencies responsible for public health. You are welcome to follow us on social media to receive updates when they are available to the community. Our handle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is @SampsonRMC.
For most recent stats, visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc.
If you have other questions or concerns, the North Carolina Division of Public Health is your best resource. You can reach their call line at 1-866-462-3821.