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Seeking Treatment for Coronavirus COVID-19

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Hospital Coronavirus Update As of March 24, 2020

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020


Hospital Further Restricts Visitors To Limit Spread of COVID-19

As with numerous hospitals elsewhere, Mercy Health/Love County Hospital and Clinic on Monday, March 23, further limited visitation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions apply to visitors coming to see inpatients in the hospital.

Currently, there is no change to the clinic visitation policy.  The clinic is asking that patients be mindful and limit persons accompanying them to their visit. 

The visitation policy changes are temporary. “We continue to work around the clock to keep our patients, co-workers, and visitors safe during this time,” said Richard Barker, hospital CEO. “The decision to further change our visitation policy was not made lightly, but we need to continue preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

Here are the revised visitation policies:

  • Adult inpatients are not allowed visitors except under limited circumstances.
  • One visitor (or two guardians) allowed for children under age 18.
  • Approved visitors must be 16 years or older and fever-free/cough-free. 

Health screening procedures continue in effect for all persons entering the facility. The single entrance for both the hospital and clinic is the front lobby of the hospital.  The emergency department entrance is open for persons seeking emergency care. 

Screening staff members take each person’s temperature and inquire about the presence of symptoms such as unexplained fever, cough, or shortness of breath. ...

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Hospital Starts Screening Patients and Visitors for COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020


Virus Precautions: On March 17, 2020, Mercy Health/Love County
Hospital and Clinic began screening all arriving patients and visitors for
symptoms or exposure to the coronavirus, COVID-19. Above: Carolyn
Gordon answered questions from Laura Beck, CNA and Curtis 
Hembree, CNA. She accepted a mask and applied hand sanitizer that
was offered.


Mercy Health/Love County Hospital in Marietta stepped up its onsite response to COVID-19 virus Tuesday.  Hospital CEO/Administrator Richard Barker announced several temporary measures to lessen the risk of person to person spread of the contagious illness and help keep the institution operating fully.

Patients who think they are ill with COVID-19 virus are asked to call the State Health Department Hotline, 877-215-8336, to discuss their symptoms and receive advice on whether in-person medical care is needed. Most respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, will cause only minor illness and can be cared for at home, according to health research.

Barker asked that patients who have viral symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath call their primary care provider or the hospital before traveling to Mercy Health/Love County. The hospital main number (580) 276-3347 is taking these calls 24 hours a day.  “We will guide you on what to do and where to go,” Barker said.

All departments of the hospital and the clinic are open. “It’s business as usual at the clinic,” said director Connie Barker. “Patients with appointments...

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Mercy Health/Love County Taking Steps To Guard Against COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020


County Prepares for Coronavirus

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2020



Tell the Clinic You May Have Coronavirus

From the Marietta Monitor, March 13, 2010


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