Information about COVID-19
2020 is officially behind us, but the coronavirus pandemic is still very much a reality. Gulf Coast Health Care remains focused on the wellbeing of our patients as we navigate the situation.
As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of all Americans, we have collected a set of useful information and resources that will help you stay safe and healthy.
COVID-19 Resources and News
- Safety Guidelines – Everyone working and living in our centers is highly encouraged to follow these social distance guidelines, which were provided by the CDC.
- Visitation Guidelines – We want you to have complete access to your loved one, but to keep everyone in our treatment centers safe, GCHC has established a set of rules regarding visitation. Please review this information before scheduling a visit.
- COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs – Dispel COVID-19 vaccination myths and get the facts about why we are administering the vaccine to our healthcare workers and patients.
- A message from our president – Brett Barnet, the president of Gulf Coast Health Care, shared this message with our patients and their family to emphasize our ongoing efforts.
- Rensair air scrubbers – Learn more about the advanced devices we use that can kill up to 99.97% of airborne pathogens, including the novel coronavirus.
- Are long-term care centers for seniors at high risk for COVID-19?
Unfortunately, yes. Older people are at higher risk for the virus in general, as are people with underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illness. Both groups make up the vast majority of the country’s 1.3 million nursing home patients. Due to their nature, long-term care centers can sometimes experience high virus transmission rates – even during the healthiest and safest of conditions. GCHC has upgraded our already rigorous standards to ensure that transmission rates are kept as low as possible, and we are asking you to lend a hand by thoroughly reviewing our visitation guidelines.
- How is COVID-19 treated?
There is no official treatment for COVID-19. Much like other diseases caused by coronaviruses, such as the common cold, the symptoms go away on their own accord, and the duration and severity of the infection largely depend on the patient’s preexisting medical conditions. Our physicians have prescribed pain relievers and fever reducers to help with mild cases. Serious cases can require more invasive treatment and are determined on a case-by-case basis. GHCH’s goal is to follow all social distancing protocols to ensure transmission rates in our centers remain as close to zero as possible, thereby avoiding treatment of any kind.
What are Gulf Coast Health Care centers required to do to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
We adhere to the CDC’s guidelines and strategies for nursing homes and other long-term care centers to ensure safety for all our patients. Our efforts include – but are not limited to – identifying infection early, preventing spread by limiting patient-to-patient contact, supplying patients with proper PPE and other mitigation supplies like hand sanitizer, and designating specific COVID-19 treatment spaces that are apart from and do not impact general treatment spaces.
Can I request that my friend or family member be tested for COVID-19?
Not everyone needs to be tested for coronavirus. A patient’s healthcare provider will determine if a test is required and will keep you in the loop with all pertinent information, including test results. If your loved one is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, you can talk to their primary healthcare provider about whether they should receive a test.
What happens if my loved one gets COVID-19?
GCHC is in strict accordance with the CDC guidelines for nursing home patients who test positive for COVID-19. We follow every step necessary to not only ensure the wellbeing of your loved one, but also the wellbeing of every other resident they may have contracted while positive. This means a 14-day quarantine, regular testing from our staff, and frequent monitoring of symptoms. Most patients can recover from COVID-19 during this period; others may require more serious treatment that will be determined by their physician and communicated to you and your family in full detail.