COVID-19

Neshoba General Announces Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Temporary Revised Visitation Policy

Guidance for our patients

We would like to encourage all of our healthy patients that have a scheduled check-ups or wellness visit planned to consider rescheduling these appointments until a later date, unless it is for a pediatric patient scheduled to receive immunizations. If you need a medication refill, please contact your healthcare provider to discuss refills and any accommodations that can be made. Patients that have ongoing medical problems that have scheduled appointments, please contact your provider to discuss keeping your appointment.

If you have symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, which are dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath, please isolate from others and contact your healthcare provider by phone for further instructions. We can test for COVID-19 at all our Neshoba General Clinics and Hospital, but ONLY for COVID-19 symptomatic patients with exposure risks. Be advised that the current turnaround time for a result is 24 hours or longer.

Don’t Panic, Prepare!

As business owners and leaders, it’s important not to panic, while at the same time taking reasonable precautions to ensure any disruptions to your business are as minimal as possible.

To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine the risk of COVID-19 infection. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available on CDC’s web page.

Prepare Workplaces for a COVID-19 Outbreak

Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. Employers should plan to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of disease transmission in the community and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most American workers will likely experience low (caution) or medium exposure risk levels at their job or place of employment (see OSHA guidance for employerspdf iconexternal icon for more information about job risk classifications).

Businesses are strongly encouraged to coordinate with state and local health officials so timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses. Local conditions will influence the decisions that public health officials make regarding community-level strategies. CDC has guidance for mitigation strategiespdf icon according to the level of community transmission or impact of COVID-19.

All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in their workplace. This may include activities in one or more of the following areas:

Reduce transmission among employees

  • Employees who have symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home. Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps.
  • Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.

Maintain a healthy work environment

  • Provide soap and water in the workplace. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Place hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene to help stop the spread at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen. (Refer to msdh.ms.gov for printable posters and handouts)
  • Discourage handshaking
  • Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
  • If a sick employee is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, follow the CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations.


Treatment and Homecare Instructions for Coronavirus COVID-19:

  • Stay at home except for medical care
  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people and going to a medical appointment or the hospital
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues then immediately wash your hands, do not cough into your elbow
  • WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water for 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Do not share household items with family members/friends
  • Separate yourself from your family and animals
  • Clean hard surfaces daily with antibacterial/anti-germicidal solutions such as Clorox or Lysol, or similar approved products.
  • Monitor your symptoms and report to emergency room if fever exceeds 103 or you have difficulty breathing
  • Home ISOLATION may be as long as 14 days and will be lifted by your healthcare provider or the local health department

Helpful Resources about Coronavirus COVID-19:

Know How It Spreads

Date: March 12, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

News regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. As of this release, Mississippi has one confirmed case of COVID-19. There have been zero confirmed cases in Neshoba County. The Neshoba General Task Force continues our plans and response efforts focused on safety and well-being of our patients, residents, staff, and community. In continuation of caution and safety, the following updates have been made on a temporary basis:

  • Limiting entry points at our facilities
    • Hospital and ED only entrance is located at the main front entrance
    • Pear View Café is closed to the public
    • Gift shop closed due to construction with a re-opening date to be determined
  • Nursing home is on full restriction from visitation
  • Visitation to patients in the hospital, emergency department, and clinics is limited to 1 person at a time. Note that only 1 person per patient will be permitted in the facility and allowed for visitation. We understand this is an inconvenience and special circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Visitation hours are now 6:00 am to 6:30 pm. If you have any signs or symptoms of any illness, especially the flu or COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath), DO NOT VISIT unless you are seeking medical care.

We remain ready to serve all potential and current patients. Limiting entry points to our facilities helps us ensure we can monitor access to better protect the safety and well-being of everyone during this time of heightened focus on wellness.

We highly encourage you to utilize proper hand hygiene including hand sanitizer with an approved alcohol-based solution. Please monitor your own health and limit your exposure to high risk areas. If you have a known exposure risk to the COVID-19 virus and develop symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please isolate yourself from others and contact your healthcare provider by phone for further instructions.

We appreciate your understanding of our heighted focus on safety and well-being. We take great pride in serving you and providing healthcare leadership to our community. Please continue to follow us online at www.neshobageneral.com and on social media for the latest updates. Thank you for your support of Neshoba General and in trusting us to be your healthcare provider of choice.



Date: March 11, 2020

Neshoba General’s Chief Executive Officer, Lee McCall announces the most recent update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Our leadership team at Neshoba General remains focused on preparation efforts and response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, Neshoba General has a Task Force that is making ongoing plans to ensure we are able to serve our patients, residents, and community with the safest and best practices. In an abundance of caution, we are implementing enhanced safety procedures at all our facilities. We are taking these proactive measures to do what is best for all our patients, residents, providers, staff, and community.

We will be limiting entry points at our facilities, but it is important that you understand that this does not mean we are limiting access to our hospital. We remain ready to serve potential and current patients. Limiting entry points to our facilities helps us ensure we can monitor access to better protect the safety and well-being of everyone during this time of heightened focus on wellness. The following changes will be implemented for a limited time for precautionary measures:

  • Access to the nursing home will be located at the Station 1 main entrance only.
  • The Pear View Café will be closed to the public effective Thursday 3/12/2020.
  • The primary entrance to the hospital will be at the front main location by the emergency department. The entrance by Administration / Pear View Café will be closed.

We encourage you to utilize proper hand hygiene including hand sanitizer with an approved alcohol-based solution. Please monitor your own health and limit your exposure to high risk areas. If you have a known exposure risk to the COVID-19 virus and develop symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please isolate yourself from others and contact your healthcare provider by phone for further instructions. If you have any of these symptoms, we ask that you do not visit any of our facilities, especially the nursing home, unless you are seeking medical care.

We appreciate your understanding of our heighted focus on safety and well-being of everyone. We take great pride in serving you and providing healthcare leadership to our community. Please continue to follow us online at www.neshobageneral.com and on social media for the latest updates. Thank you for your support of Neshoba General and in trusting us to be your healthcare provider of choice.

For additional information regarding prevention and preparation, you may visit the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and Mississippi Department of Health at https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html.