COVID-19 Updates

October 21st

As we continue to navigate the ever-changing and uncharted waters of the pandemic as a state, an industry, and a community – the members of the Georgia Alliance have remained strong. Despite the limitations created by the pandemic, our members have stood firm in the face of overwhelming obstacles and we could not be prouder of the women and men that have and continue to serve daily on the front lines.  The pandemic has illustrated how even 25-bed hospitals in rural counties and large metropolitan systems rely on each other to provide a continuum of care to the patients and communities we proudly serve. With that being said the Georgia Alliance has developed a campaign to honor the frontline workers that have given so much to serve those impacted by covid-19.


September 28th


July 23rd

As Wayne Memorial Hospital continues to navigate through the COVID pandemic,
along with the “no visitor” policy, we realize the importance of communication
on the health status and condition of your loved one in our care in ICU.

We want to encourage families to designate one primary point of contact to get
updates and/or speak with their loved one when possible. This will be a
designated family member, power of attorney, and/or next of kin. The
designated point of contact will need to know and provide the HIPAA number to
the nursing staff.

As our critical patients may be intubated on a breathing machine and/or sedated
for their comfort, we are establishing a “virtual visitor” phone call. You aren’t
present, but patients can see or talk to you. You can see or talk to them and
possibly have a conversation if the patient is able. We realize the family member
who can’t visit their loved one is unsure as to how to advocate on their behalf.
Everyone taking care of your loved one has spent years training for this situation.
We are honored at Wayne Memorial to be able to help during this crisis, and we
assure you we are performing our best every day.

Beginning July 24, 2020, we will ask our ICU nursing staff to call the designated
family point of contact twice a day. One call beginning around 10:00 am and the
next call time beginning around 10:00 pm to either speak directly with their loved
one or given their updated health status report. We feel this is the best possible
way to allow for a family member to feel present and engaged when their
physical presence is not allowed. The patient, however, will know you are
“present.”

Remember, while you wish you could be with them, too, they are not alone.
They’re surrounded by staff who care deeply and who have devoter their lives to
caring for the sick.

July 1, 4:30 p.m
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Wayne Memorial Hospital Encourages Community to Not Let Guard Down Jesup –   With holiday weekend plans quickly approaching as well as summer vacations in full swing, Wayne Memorial reminds the community to not let its guard down to Covid-19 as its members travel, shop and work. In accordance with the latest Governor’s Executive Order (06.29.20.02), hospital officials remind people:

  • to social distance
  • to not gather in large groups
  • are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while outside their homes except when eating, drinking or exercising outdoors
  • to practice sanitation per CDC guidelines which includes:
    • washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol until hands can be washed
    • and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

As of this writing (July 1, 4:30 p.m.), the Georgia Department of Public Health Covid-19 Daily Status Report shows Wayne County with 77 positive Covid-19 cases, and 7 hospitalizations. As Wayne Memorial draws patients from other areas of Southeast Georgia, these counties’ numbers are also of note: Long (46 cases, 2 hospitalizations), Pierce (174 cases, 27 hospitalizations), Brantley (96 cases, 7 hospitalizations), Ware (448 cases, 64 hospitalizations), Bacon (244 cases, 21 hospitalizations), Appling (260 cases, 43 hospitalizations) and Liberty (127 cases, 16 hospitalizations).https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report “With many new testing sites opened locally in the past couple of weeks, the number of new positive cases being reported is not a complete surprise,” Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi says. “We know some folks may be fatigued with precautions, but we encourage everyone to continue to do their part. With such a supportive, engaged community in Wayne and surrounding counties, we know our residents can rally and flatten the curve.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Update From Wayne SA……..

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Wayne SA and the Wayne County Substance Abuse Coalition are partnering with Diversity Health Clinic to host a free COVID-19 drive through test site. The testing will take place on 06/22/2020 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Test results will be available in three days and individuals will be contacted via phone of their test results. Feel free to share this information. Thank you.
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2020-05-29

Health care continues, even in a pandemic. Members of our community are still suffering from heart disease, cancer, neurological issues and more. In the wake of COVID-19, it is important not to put your health care on hold. Preventive testing, lab work, elective, diagnostic, and surgical procedures are available at Wayne Memorial and are vital to ensure continued good health.

Since health and safety have always been our top priority, patients can be confident all appropriate safety measures are in place. We offer clean, open waiting areas, with social distancing enforced.  High-touch surfaces are regularly sanitized by staff. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters are located in the main lobby and other areas throughout ensuring the cleanest air possible.  While our staff has protective personal equipment, face masks and hand sanitizers are readily available to patients. And, we certainly look forward to the day when we are able to lift our “No visitors” policy.

We are open for you. Please don’t delay your healthcare needs any longer.  We invite you to schedule your services today as your health means everything to us.

With the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), social distancing has become an important tool to stop the spread of the virus. In order to make screenings more accessible to our community, Wayne Memorial/St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Group is offering a virtual option for those with respiratory symptoms seeking evaluation and peace of mind. Smart Care 24/7 provides online medical visits without the crowded waiting room. People may call 888-319-6252, visit smartcare247.com or download the Smart Care 24/7 app for additional information. Promo code SJCCOVID19 is required to receive the special discounted pricing of $20 for these screenings.

These virtual screenings remotely connect patients to board-certified health professionals, thereby avoiding exposure to germs. Consultations are conducted via computer, smart phone or other smart device. Registration is quick and easy with no insurance required. These screenings, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offer non-emergent medical assessments of cold and flu, coronavirus, aches, pains, sore throats and numerous other illnesses. Regular visits are $49, but with the promo code, patients receive the screening for $20.

Beginning at 8:00 pm this evening (March 24, 2020), we will no longer allow any visitors at Wayne Memorial Hospital, with the following exceptions:

  • If the patient is under the age of 18 years old, one (1) visitor will be allowed in a 24-hour period.
  • If the patient is an OB patient, one (1) visitor will be allowed in a 24-hour period.
  • If there is a confused patient who requires one-on-one, around-the-clock care with a sitter, one (1) visitor will be allowed in a 24-hour period.
  • One (1) visitor will be allowed for whoever drives a patient to/from the hospital for outpatient surgery.

The front door of the hospital will be locked nightly at 8:00 pm, and the only entrance into the hospital will be through the ER lobby. We thank the public, patients and community for their understanding and cooperation at this time.

As a reminder, the hospital cafeteria is currently closed to the public. A local hotline has been set up for anyone with questions regarding Coronavirus at (912) 402-7625. This hotline is manned by a local nurse Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours and on weekends, people may call the statewide hotline at (844) 442-2681.

The latest information will continue to be posted on the hospital’s Facebook Page, Twitter Page and website. Other links to reference are from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Alliance For Community Hospitals, World Health Organization, The White House and The Georgia Hospital Association. The link below for the Georgia Department of Public Health leads to a daily COVID-19 Status report that is updated at noon and 7 p.m. each day.

Effective 8 pm tonight (Monday, March 23), visitors to Wayne Memorial Hospital will be limited to 1 per patient.

As a reminder, the hospital cafeteria is currently closed to the public. A local hotline has been set up for anyone with questions regarding Coronavirus at (912) 402-7625. This hotline is manned by a local nurse Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  After hours and on weekends, people may call the statewide hotline at (844) 442-2681.

The latest information will continue to be posted on the hospital’s Facebook Page, Twitter Page and website. Other links to reference are from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Alliance For Community Hospitals, World Health Organization, The White House and The Georgia Hospital Association. The link below for the Georgia Department of Public Health leads to a daily COVID-19 Status report that is updated at noon and 7 p.m. each day.

As of this writing, Wayne Memorial does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19,” states Sondra Grantham, Infection Control and Employee Health Director. “We encourage thorough hand washing, social distancing and people staying home if they feel sick,” added Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Quality Assurance Angie Jones. “We continue to be in touch with the Georgia Department of Public Health to monitor the situation,” added Grantham.

Currently, the hospital cafeteria is closed to the public, visitor restrictions are in place at two visitors per patient (regardless of age) and all volunteer stations are closed. Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joe Ierardi shares, “Anyone with questions about the Coronavirus may call a local hotline at (912) 402-7625. This hotline is manned by a local nurse Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours and on weekends, people may call the statewide hotline at (844) 442-2681.”

The latest information will continue to be posted on the hospital’s Facebook Page, Twitter Page and website. Other links to reference are from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Alliance For Community Hospitals, World Health Organization and The White House and include:

Important Information about COVID-19

People may call this local hotline with any questions they have about the Coronavirus Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 912-402-7625

After hours and weekends, people may call the statewide hotline that is manned 24/7.844-442-2681.

Information from Georgia Department of Public Health Regarding COVID-19

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline.
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact Hotline: (844) 442-2681
Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Should I be tested for the coronavirus?

COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 our cafeteria will be closed to the public until further notice.
In addition, we will allow only 2 visitors per patient, regardless of age.
Thank you for your understanding during this time