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Last updated at 10 a.m. on April 12, 2021.
Of the medical patients admitted to the hospital, 6 patients are either confirmed for COVID-19 or a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. 

Updated State of Maryland COVID-19 Statistics can be viewed at: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/


Temporary Visitor Policies and Guidance During COVID-19

Effective Monday, March 8, 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.

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, but only one (1) may be present at any given time. 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 COVID 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.
    • Visitors may use the coffee bar, chapel and gift shop, but must follow all safety protocols and as always, wear a mask and please practice good hand hygiene.
    • No outside food deliveries permitted to any Patient, Support Person or Visitor.
    • For end-of-life care, clinically safe exceptions may be made.
    • CalvertHealth Medical Center will continue to restrict entrances:
      • Main Entrance: 6 a.m.-6 p.m., M-F
      • Emergency Room: 24/7 Access


SPECIFIC GUIDANCE:
Hospital Visitation: 2-6 p.m.
  • Patients who have been admitted to the hospital are allowed one (1) visitor per day in their room.
  • Exceptions may be made for patients receiving end-of-life care and minors.
Emergency Room: 24 Hour Access
  • Emergency Room patients are allowed one (1) visitor to accompany them for the duration of their stay, after the patient has been medically cleared. Visitor must remain with patient (no exiting and re-entering the Emergency Room).
  • 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 (2-6 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.
  • No outside food deliveries permitted to any Patient, Support Person or Visitor.
Family Birth Center: Antepartum, Labor & Delivery and Postpartum
  • One (1) approved visitor for laboring mothers for the duration of their stay. No additional visitors are permitted and visitors may not switch out.
  • Visitors should remain in the patient room at all times.
  • No restriction on hours.
  • For the health and safety of minors, no visitors under the age of 18.
  • No outside food deliveries are permitted to the hospital. Meals will be provided. The menu can be found in the patient room and a Food & Nutrition representative will be by twice a day to take orders for lunch, dinner and breakfast the following day (when applicable).
  • For the safety of mom and baby, Visitors will not be allowed to accompany 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, one (1) at the bedside at a time.
  • Parents/Guardians may switch out at the bedside to ensure a smooth transition of care. 
  • Although no food deliveries are permitted, parents/ guardians are permitted to bring in outside food provided it is not shared with the patient.   
  • No restrictions on hours.
  • 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 should wait in their vehicle until they are notified the procedure is complete.
Outpatient Departments:
  • One visitor/guardian to assist patient to their appointment is allowed.
  • Visitor/guardian shall then wait in vehicle for the duration of the appointment until notified to assist the patient out of the medical center.

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.

TESTING RESOURCES:

Search Testing Sites through the Maryland Department of Health
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. 

Patriot Urgent Care (formerly ChoiceOne), Prince Frederick, Maryland

Drive-thru rapid 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.



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 practice other precautions like wearing a mask, social distancing, handwashing and other hygiene measures until public health officials say otherwise.

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 ptorect all of us from COVID-19. With the FDA authorized emergency use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on February 28, those who wish to get vaccinated now have three excellent options for doing so. This third safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine comes at a potentially pivotal time. CDC’s latest data suggest that recent declines in COVID-19 cases may be stalling and potentially leveling off at still very high numbers. That is why it is so critical that we remain vigilant and consistently take all of the mitigation steps we know work to stop the spread of COVID-19 (masking, social distancing, limiting the size of gatherings) while we work toward mass vaccination. 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?
The decision about the priority order of vaccine distribution is being coordinated by the Maryland Department of Health. For more information on Maryland's phased approach to vaccination, click here.

How will I know when it’s my turn?
You may be contacted by your Primary Care Provider or the Calvert County Health Department when it is time to be vaccinated. Please ensure you check your email often. Additionally, the Calvert County Health Department has launched an online pre-registration form for any Calvert County residents who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. You may pre-register online at: https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/vaccine. Residents are strongly encouraged to use the online pre-registration form for COVID vaccinations.

Where can I get vaccinated?
Vaccines are offered through local health departments, mass vaccination sties and pharmacies. Here is a list of helpful tips and resources to help you in your effort to get vaccinated

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 pre-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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While CalvertHealth offers many treatments for COVID patients, one that has been given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for non-hospitalized COVID-positive patients is Monoclonal Antibody Therapy. CalvertHealth is one of the new outpatient clinic sites in the state of Maryland offering Monoclonal Antibody Therapy using bamlanivimab (BAM).

This one-time, one-hour 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. See here for more information. BAM 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.


Resources and Frequently Asked Questions

I have questions related to COVID-19. Who can I call?
What is the cost for laboratory diagnostic testing of COVID-19?
I am feeling sick, should I still keep my appointment?
What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?
How is COVID-19 spread?
Are symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?
What are the policies for visiting family and friends in the hospital who are being treated for COVID-19?
Why was my health, wellness, education class or support group cancelled?
What if I think I have symptoms of COVID-19 and want testing?
When should I seek emergency care if I have COVID-19?
If I am a high-risk individual, how should I protect myself?
Is it safe for me to deliver my baby at CalvertHealth Medical Center?
Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to the fetus or newborn?
How do I keep myself and my family safe?
Should I be wearing a mask?
I would like to make homemade masks for our healthcare workers. How should I go about this?
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