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COVID-19 Updates & Precautions

Patient Screening & Treatment

Patients will be screened by hospital staff before entering the facility.

Before Entering the Facility

Every patient and visitor will be screened before entering the hospital.

Wear a Mask

All employees, patients and visitors must wear face masks while in any of our facilities. A mask will be provided upon entry if you do not have one.

Doctor's Office Appointments

In-Person Visits for Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, please call your doctor before coming in.

Virtual Screening via LMC MyChart

With the E-Visit option in LMC MyChart, you can schedule a virtual COVID-19 screening to:

  • Complete a screening questionnaire.
  • Have your symptoms evaluated by a provider.
  • Get instructions for care and minimizing spread if your provider suspects COVID-19.
LMC MyChart E-Visit Instructions
  1. Log in to your LMC MyChart account.
  2. On the app, select the "E-Visit" icon. On desktop, select "Ask a Question" then "Symptom-Specific E-Visit."

Approved Visitors

All approved visitors will also be screened before entering any Lexington Medical Center facility and may have to leave based on their screening results.

  • No visitors for patients with COVID-19
  • No visitors for patients suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19
  • All visitors must be age 5 and older, except in the Intensive Care Unit, Special Care Nursery and Labor and Delivery. See department for guidance.

All approved visitors must wear a face mask while in any Lexington Medical Center facility.

Emergency Department/Urgent Care Centers

Two visitors are allowed to accompany a non-COVID-19 patient being treated in the Emergency department. If the lobby reaches capacity, visitors will not be allowed to stay with patients. The visitor must stay in the patient’s exam room at all times and may help settle the patient into his or her inpatient room if admitted. Use the direct entrance to the Emergency department upon arrival.

Inpatients (Non-COVID-19 Patients)

Visitors are allowed to visit inpatients in non-COVID-19 units during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week. Depending on a patient’s tower location, please use the Main Entrance or the South Entrance of the hospital. (This policy is updated from “two visitors” allowed.)

Obstetrics

Two support persons are permitted while the patient is in labor or has just delivered a child. One support person is allowed for C-sections. Support persons may not change. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital. Visitors to the Mother/Baby unit are allowed during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week.

ICU Visitation

Designate one family spokesperson (contact person) per patient. During the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (shift change) only the family spokesperson may visit. During the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., visitors are limited to two at a time. Check with the nurse before entering the patient’s room. Do not bring any outside food or drinks to the patient’s room.

Surgical/Procedural Areas (Inpatient and Outpatient)

Two visitors are permitted in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at the main campus. They may help settle the patient into his or her room if admitted. For procedures at the main hospital, use the Main Entrance upon arrival. Two visitors are allowed in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at other Lexington Medical Center facilities. Patients and visitors should use the Main Entrance to those buildings upon arrival.

Special Care Nursery

One visitor is permitted with the birth parent or her support person with an identification bracelet during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. Birth parent and her support person with an identification bracelet are permitted at any time, but no more than two visitors are allowed at the infant’s bedside. COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged for visitors of special care infants.

Doctors' Offices

Depending on the office and patient circumstance, caregivers may be able to accompany patients to appointments. Patients should contact their doctor's office with questions about visitation.

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

Following these steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will greatly reduce your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including boosters.

Wash Your Hands

Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating as well as after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Use Hand Sanitizer

If soap and water are not readily available, use a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Keep Your Face and Surfaces Clean

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Wear a Mask When You’re Out

Learn how to make your own cloth face coverings at SCDHEC or CDC.

Stay Home When You’re Sick

Do not even go out for essential services if you’re not feeling well.

Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes

If you have to cough or sneeze, cover it with your elbow or use a tissue and put it in the trash immediately.

Get the Flu Vaccine

This will reduce your symptoms if you do get COVID-19.

Our Expert Clinicians Discuss COVID-19

Understanding Coronavirus

Our infectious disease specialist, Dr. Emilio Perez-Jorge, explains the virus on WLTX.

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Dr. Paul Browne addresses concerns about coronavirus and pregnancy.

Supporting Guidelines

These initiatives and other hospital policies and procedures follow the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.