COVID-19 Updates

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