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COVID-19 Testing
If you are seeking COVID-19 Testing, please see the COVID-19 Testing Resource information located below. Please note the CalvertHealth Emergency Room is NOT a COVID-19 testing site. 

COVID Testing Requirements for Surgical Patients

Effective immediately, CalvertHealth is requiring COVID testing for every patient who comes for surgery regardless of vaccine status. All patients scheduled for elective surgeries - whether they will are outpatients or surgical admissions - will need to produce a negative COVID test within five (5) days of the surgery date. Patients who need urgent/emergent surgery will be tested in the hospital prior to surgery (if time permits).

All of these requirements will be discussed at the pre-operative appointment. Please remember that ll other COVID safety protocols are in place including masking when in a healthcare setting.

New Guidance for Additional Vaccine Dose

On August 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance for immunocompromised patients for an additional dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after the second dose.

This guidance is specific to certain conditions and does not apply to all immunocompromised patients. Based on the CDC guidance, individuals identified meeting the criteria for an additional dose are as follows:

-Organ transplant recipients
-Current treatment for blood and lymph cancers (leukemias and lymphomas) and most other types of cancers requiring chemotherapy
-Stem cell transplant recipients
-Advanced HIV infection
-Active treatment with medications that weaken components of the immune system, including 20 or more milligrams/day of prednisone or comparable steroid medications, TNF blockers, and other medications that impair response of the immune system
-Primary immunodeficiency diseases (DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
-Severe renal disease

At this time, CalvertHealth is reviewing the specific conditions for our patients and will reach out to those who meet the criteria to schedule the additional dose. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide you with the most up-to-date guidance and highest-quality health care. 

To review the specific guidance from CDC, you can visit: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

Additionally, the Calvert County Health Department has posted a Frequently Asked Questions. Click here and scroll to the post dated August 16 to review. 

TESTING RESOURCES:

Please note the CalvertHealth Emergency Room is NOT a COVID-19 testing center. Please see below for list of community resources:

Testing Sites through the Maryland Department of Health - Includes ALL testing locations throughout the state
Click here to search a complete listing of all testing sites in Maryland. Put in your zip code and then expand your search using the tool. Please note you may need to expand your search 20-30 miles (or more) to find a testing location with immediate/next day openings. 

Patriot Urgent Care (formerly ChoiceOne), Prince Frederick, Dunkirk and Solomons Locations

Rapic and PCR testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who need to be tested for COVID-19. Testing can be made by appointment only. Click here to make an appointment. Testing slots are only released on the website one day at a time. If no dates or times appear, that means all slots have already been filled. Please check the site regularly for new openings.

CalvertHealth Primary Care - for established patients only
Telehealth appointment will be completed prior to COVID testing. Call to make an appointment at Solomons, Twin Beaches or Prince Frederick location - 410.414.2778.

Calvert Internal Medicine Group - for established patients and those looking to become new patients. 
Telehealth appointment will be completed prior to COVID testing. Click here for more information.

At Home Test Kits - visit https://www.emed.com/ com to purchase a pack of six FDA-authorized home test kits for COVID-19. The rapid tests are proctored through a virtual visit (via app) and results are typically available in 15-minutes. The tests can also be purchased at Walgreens and CVS. 
 





Temporary Visitor Policies and Guidance During COVID-19

At CalvertHealth, we understand the important role that loved ones can provide in supporting our care team. As we navigate each phase of the pandemic, we continue to update our guidance taking into consideration the health and safety of our employees, as well as our patients and guests.

Beginning Monday, August 23, 2021, CalvertHealth will update its visitation guidance based on current guidelines and safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic.



GENERAL GUIDANCE:
Patients will be allowed one (1) visitor per day after they have been screened for COVID. Visiting hours are from Noon-6 p.m.

Patients with COVID-19 or suspected of COVID-19 will not be allowed to have visitors unless the patient meets ADA requirements for a Support Person. Support Persons must wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and follow all directions of the hospital care team. PPE includes gown, gloves, surgical mask and eye protection. 

Patients with disabilities may designate up to two (2) support persons, only (1) one at a time can be with the patient. A Support Person is defined as a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management of care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions. Click the following links for more information on the Maryland Department of Health Notices Access to Support Persons for Patients with Disabilities in Healthcare Settings and Support Persons for Individuals with Disabilities. Recognizing that the exchange of information is an essential element of quality patient-and family-centered care, CalvertHealth provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

Approved support persons or visitors, for any patient, should meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be over the age of 18
  2. Healthy without symptoms
  3. Wear wrist band after medical screening upon entry
  4. Use proper infection control practices including masking (vented face masks are not permitted), hand sanitizing and social distancing
  5. Follow the directions of staff and abide by the hospital’s visitor policy rules.
  6. Visitors are able to visit the Gift Shop, Coffee Bar and The Calvert Café.
  7. Support Persons may purchase food while in the patient room from the cafeteria. Menus are available in patient rooms.
  8. For end-of-life care, clinically safe exceptions may be made.


CalvertHealth Medical Center will continue to restrict entrances:

Main Entrance: 6 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F (exiting is permitted after 5 p.m., entry is not permissible between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m.)
Emergency Room: 24/7 Access


SPECIFIC GUIDANCE:
Hospital Visitation: Noon-6 p.m. 
  • Patients who have been admitted to the hospital are allowed (1) visitors per day in their room. Exceptions may be made for patients receiving end-of-life care and minors.
  • Remain in the patient room at all times except to use the public restroom or for a brief visit to Gift Shop, Coffee Bar or The Calvert Cafe.
  • Support Persons may purchase food while in the patient room from the cafeteria. Menus are available in patient rooms.
Emergency Room: 24 Hour Access
  • Emergency Room patients are allowed one (1) visitor at a time. Pediatric patients are allowed to have (2) parent/guardians at one time.
  • COVID-positive patients or those suspected of having COVID will not be permitted visitation. Patients meeting ADA requirements may have a support person accompany them throughout all care settings. 
  • Should a patient to the Emergency Room be admitted to the hospital, the visitor will be allowed to accompany the patient to their hospital room, unless it outside of the visitation hours (Noon-6 p.m.). Only support persons of disabled patients will be allowed to stay with the patient outside of visitation hours if admitted to the facility.
  • Patients requiring a psychiatric evaluation in the Emergency Department may be permitted visitation after the completion of the evaluation.
  • Limit personal belongings brought into the hospital. COVID-positive patients or those suspected of COVID are prohibited from bringing any personal items into the facility.
Family Birth Center: Antepartum, Labor & Delivery and Postpartum
  • One (1) approved visitor for expectant mothers for the duration of their stay. No additional visitors are permitted and visitors may not switch out. No visitors under the age of 18. 
  • No restriction on hours.
  • For the health and safety of minors, no visitors under the age of 18.
  • Visitors and Support Persons may visit The Calvert Cafe, Coffee Bar or Gift Shop. Food can also be purchased from the Cafeteria for delivery to the patient room. Menus can be found in the patient room.
  • Visitors may accompany the expectant mothers for outpatient services performed at the Family Birth Center, such as a non-stress test (NST).
Behavioral Health Unit:
  • One parent or guardian allowed for adolescents only (no switching out) - 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. M-F and 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • No visitors for adult patients at this time.
Pediatrics:
  • Approved parents/guardians may visit, two (2) at the bedside at a time.
  • Parents/ guardians are permitted to bring in outside food provided it is not shared with the patient. Parents or Guardians may also briefly visit the Gift Shop, Coffee Bar or The Calvert Cafe.
  • No sibling visitation.
Surgery Center:
  • One visitor/guardian may accompany patient for registration and preoperative process.
  • Once the patient is taken back for surgery, the visitor can remain in the waiting area or visit The Calvert Cafe, Coffee Shop or Gift Shop. 
Outpatient Departments:
  • One visitor/guardian to assist patient to their appointment is allowed.

Visitor restrictions are subject to change. CalvertHealth acknowledges that this policy may cause some inconvenience for many patients and their family members; however, patient safety and the overall health of the community is the health system’s top priority.


The COVID-19 Vaccine:

At CalvertHealth, your health and safety is our top priority. Information about the vaccine is rapidly changing and you may have a lot of questions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, as well as how you can obtain a vaccine. We want to provide you with information to make an informed decision. Although there are many reasons to get the vaccine, the most compelling is that it could protect you and those around you from this life-threatening virus.

Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to follow guidelines or ordinances specific to your area regarding masking, social distancing, handwashing and other hygiene measures. 

Which vaccine is the best? Should I wait to be offered a certain vaccine?
Getting vaccinated with the first vaccine available to you will help protect all of us from COVID-19. Having different types of vaccines available for use, especially ones with different dosing recommendations and storage and handling requirements, can offer more options and flexibility for the public, jurisdictions and vaccine providers.

When can I be vaccinated?
As this time, anyone age 12+ is eligible to receive a vaccine, noting that 12-17 year-olds may only receive the Pfizer vaccine.  

Where can I get vaccinated?
Vaccines are offered through local health departments, primary care offices, mass vaccination sties and pharmacies.

Who can I call if I have questions about the vaccine?
The Calvert County Health Department has set up a call center to assist residents without internet access who wish to register for vaccination. For questions or assistance, residents may call 410-535-0218, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The state of Maryland also has a help line you can call by dialing 855-MDG-OVAX.

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One treatment for COVID-positive individuals (who do not require hospitalization) that has been given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is Monoclonal Antibody Therapy. A physician referral is required for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment. To find out if this treatment is right for you, contact your healthcare provider.

This one-time, infusion therapy treatment is recommended as soon as possible after a positive viral test for SARS-CoV-2 and within 10 days of symptom onset. 

Treatment centers are located in: 
Laurel - open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday (your provider will need to do an online referral)
Odenton - open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday (your provider will need to call to schedule)
Fed Ex Field - open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (your provider will need to call to schedule)


The treatment is administered for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients who have positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, are 12 years of age and older, weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization

High risk is defined as patients who meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) ≥35
  • Have chronic kidney disease
  • Have diabetes
  • Have immunosuppressive disease
  • Are currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
  • Are ≥65 years of age
  • Are ≥55 years of age AND have cardiovascular disease, OR hypertension, OR chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/other chronic respiratory diseases
  • Are 12–17 years of age AND have a BMI ≥85th percentile for their age and gender-based on CDC growth charts; OR sickle cell disease; OR congenital or acquired heart disease; OR neurodevelopmental disorders, such as cerebral palsy; OR a medical-related technological dependence, such as tracheostomy gastrostomy or positive pressure ventilation (not related to COVID-19); OR asthma, reactive airway disease or other chronic respiratory diseases that requires daily medication for control

These therapies are not authorized for use in patients who:
  • Are hospitalized due to COVID-19
  • Require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19

A physician referral is required for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment. To find out if this treatment is right for you, contact your healthcare provider.


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