Singing River restricts visitor numbers as COVID cases rise

With almost 5,000 new cases reported for Monday and 13 deaths statewide, Singing River Hospital System has revised its visitor policy.

“Due to the current increase of COVID-19 cases in our community, our policies have changed to only allow essential visitors to enter Singing River facilities at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see this change soon,” the hospital posted on its social media site.

As of Saturday, Singing River’s three hospitals had reported 86 COVID cases with 23 in ICU and 15 of those on ventilator. Of the 86 cases, only two were vaccinated, but had underlying conditions, according to the hospital.

Some good news, however, also from the hospital’s social media account. More than 100 people were vaccinated at events staged over the weekend.

The main change is that only “essential” visitors are allowed in the hospital. Visitors also are required to wear a mask upon entry. This applies to Singing River in Pascagoula, Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Gulfport.

Singing River outlined the guidelines as follows:

  • Visiting hours at each hospital where visitors are allowed are 8 am – 8:30 pm.
  • Visitors to patient rooms, where allowed, may only visit one at a time during the designated visiting hours for each unit/floor.
    • Exceptions include L&D and minor patients who are allowed two designated visitors for the stay and both parents/legal guardians, respectively.
  • Visitors must be 18 years or older.
  • Visitors will be required to wear a mask upon entry to each hospital.
  • Visitors to patient rooms may enter each hospital as follows:
    • Gulfport – enter through the main lobby 8:00 am – 7:00 pm and the through the Emergency Room 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
    • Ocean Springs – enter through the main lobby 8:00 am – 7:00 pm and through the Emergency Room 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
    • Pascagoula – enter at the West “Patient Registration” entrance on the ground floor 8:00 am – 8:30 pm.
  • Visitors will be screened at the entrance of each hospital for any COVID symptoms, recent COVID exposure, and any recent positive/unknown COVID test results and will require clinical clearance to proceed if any symptoms, exposure, or positive/unknown results are affirmed.
  • Visitors for surgery limited to one per patient (driver).
  • Visitors for outpatient procedures limited to one when essential for the patient (hard of hearing, dementia, etc.).
  • Visitors for patients being seen in an Emergency Room limited to one per patient at the discretion of clinical staff and asked to stay in the room. Visitors may be asked to wait outside when social distancing in the lobby is not possible due to volumes.
  • Visitors for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center please contact 228-809-5000 for visitation information.
  • All visitors are asked to help maintain a restful and healing environment.
  • Anyone with a cold, sore throat, or any communicable condition should not visit the hospital.
  • Due to the nature of the illness, the patient’s physical or emotional condition, or the patient’s preference, some visits may be restricted or extended.


Categories: Harrison County, Health, Jackson County, Local News, News