Patient that is suspected or confirmed Novel Coronavirus: One visitor only for end of life circumstances or if essential to the patient’s well-being.
Emergency Room Patients: One visitor per patient. If another relative wants to visit the patient, the other visitors can rotate out.
Hospital Patients: Two visitors per patient. If another relative wants to visit the patient, the other visitors can rotate out.
Clinic Patients: Two visitors per patient. If another relative wants to visit the patient, the other visitors can rotate out.
Labor and Delivery Patients: Two visitors per patient. If another relative wants to visit the newborn, the other visitors can rotate out.
Things to Note: Visitors with symptoms of respiratory illness or fever may seek medical care but will be unable to visit. Visitors with underlying illnesses that places them at higher risk for COVID-19 may be restricted. Visitors that cannot comply with precautions will be unable to visit.
WHILE AT SWEETWATER HOSPITAL, VISITORS MUST:
WEAR A FACE MASK
You are required to wear a facemask at all times while visiting the hospital including in the patient’s room. The mask must cover your nose and mouth at all times. If you are unable to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you will not be allowed to stay. You must save your mask and reuse it for each visit unless it is visibly saturated or soiled.
CLEAN YOUR HANDS
Clean your hands with hand sanitizer (available throughout the hospital) on entry and exit to the patient’s room and to the hospital. Clean your hands frequently while at the hospital. Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands with sanitizer and rub them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used to clean hands if they are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
ONLY VISIT THE PATIENT ROOM
Limiting your movement within the hospital is essential. We ask that you do not visit the cafeteria or gift shop. When leaving the patient room, you must wear a mask and go directly outside the hospital. The mask can be removed once outside. Upon arrival to the hospital, you must wear a mask, clean your hands, and go directly to the patient’s room.
AVOID TOUCHING SURFACES
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth and avoid touching surfaces to prevent spreading the virus.
CONTACT YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
If you have questions or develop cough, fever, or any symptoms of respiratory illness, contact your local health department.
As additional supplies of vaccine become available, Sweetwater Hospital will expand into phase 1c offering injections to those Tennesseans 16 Years Old or Older with High-Risk Health Conditions:
- Caregivers (or household residents) of medically fragile children <16 years old (such as technologically dependent individuals, immunocompromised individuals, individuals with diabetes requiring medication, individuals with complex congenital or life-threatening cardiac conditions requiring ongoing medical management, individuals qualifying for a Katie Beckett waiver)
- Chronic renal disease
- COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis, moderate-severe asthma
- Obesity (BMI >30)
- Heart failure, CAD, cardiomyopathies, hypertension
- Sickle cell (not including sickle cell trait) or thalassemia
- Cerebrovascular disease or stroke
- Liver disease
- Immunocompromised or weak immune system (receiving chemotherapy, taking daily oral steroid or other immunosuppressant medication, living with HIV/AIDS, history of organ, blood or bone marrow transplant)
- Technologically dependent (such as individuals who are ventilator dependent, oxygen-dependent, with tracheostomy, chronically wheelchair-bound, require tube feedings, parenteral nutrition, or dialysis)
- Pregnancy (NOTE: The CDC and World Health Organization have advised that pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women. Women who are pregnant are encouraged to discuss this decision with their medical provider.)
Vaccine supply is limited at this time. Please call 865-213-8761 to place your name on the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list and our schedulers will call to schedule an appointment with you as vaccine becomes available.