Gaylord Health Alerts

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Gaylord Health Alerts

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is employing protective measures to ensure the well-being of our patients and staff.

Please see below for the latest updates.
The page will be updated frequently, so please check back regularly.

A Message from our CEO & CMO

Send a Gaylord inpatient an e-WellWish. Your greeting will be printed and delivered by a staff member.   

e-WellWish
"Here for You" Staff Page


Updates

March 25, 2020, 11:00 AM

A MESSAGE from Gaylord's President and CEO Sonja Labarbera and Vice President and CMO Stephen Holland, MD. 

March 25, 2020, 9:00 AM

UPDATE: CHANGES in SCREENING for any contact with NEW YORK CITY

ALL OUTPATIENTS and CRITICAL VENDORS 
Have you traveled to New York City, Long Island, or Westchester County in the last 14 days?

Due to the surge in virus activity in the New York metropolitan area over the last week, if you answer yes to this question, we are asking that you reschedule your visit. Staff stationed at the entrance will ask you this question prior to entering the building.

THANK YOU for your patience as we change our practices in this evolving situation to protect our patients, staff and community. Please continue to check here and on our Facebook page for ongoing updates.


March 24, 2020, 12:50 PM

UPDATE: MEDICATION REFILLS for CURRENT OUTPATIENTS
Many of you are calling about your prescription refills thinking that we are closing Outpatient Services. This is NOT the case. Our STAFF ARE ON-SITE to provide services to our patients, INCLUDING MEDICATION REFILL ASSISTANCE. You can trust that we will remain open, although we are not currently seeing as many patients in person. We are returning calls that have come into the prescription refill line, but instead of calling please process your requests as we have done in the past:

* CONTACT YOUR PHARMACY and ask them to FAX the prescription to Gaylord Medical Services at (203) 284-2865. We will then do our part from the Gaylord/Wallingford campus.

THANK YOU for your patience as we return calls and offer assistance to all who require help from a staff member. Please continue to check here and on our Facebook page for ongoing updates.

March 24, 2020, 12:50 PM

UPDATE: OUTPATIENT SERVICES

Governor Lamont’s executive order 7H advised all non-essential businesses to close and all non-essential personnel to stay home. In response, Gaylord is reducing outpatient services to only those services that are critically necessary. We will be centralizing those services to our Wallingford campus, temporarily closing our North Haven and Cheshire locations.  Anyone with an existing appointment, will be contacted by a staff member.  

Patient safety and the safety of our staff is our number one priority. Our clinical teams are meeting regularly to determine the best course of action to keep patients and staff safe, and are adhering to recommendations from the Department of Public Health and the CDC. All outpatients and any vendors who are critical to ongoing operations are being screened prior to entering the building.

There are no changes related to inpatient services and visitation continues to be prohibited for our inpatients.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. 


March 16, 2020, 8:00 AM

Effective Immediately for GAYLORD INPATIENTS

ALL INPATIENT VISITATION at GAYLORD HOSPITAL is PROHIBITED until further notice.

This  restriction comes from the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health as part of a mandate that covers all skilled nursing facilties and chronic disease hospitals. 

These precautions have been instituted to protect our patients and community. Thank you for your support.


March 16, 2020, 1:30 PM

Effective Immediately for GAYLORD TRAURIG HOUSE RESIDENTS

All RESIDENTIAL HOMECARE VISITATION is PROHIBITED until futher notice.

This restriction comes from the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health as part of a mandate that covers all skilled nursing facilities and chronic disease hospitals.  

Traurig Transitional Living residents will continue with services but will not have home visits scheduled until further notice.

These precautions have been instituted to protect our residents and community. Thank you for your support. 


Canceled Events & Activites

Updated 3/24/20 

  • All Support Groups on the Gaylord Campus. NOTE the Brain Injury Support group will be meeting vitrually. See Support Group info here
  • All AA, Al-Alon, NA, SA, SAA Self-help Groups
  • Aquacize in the Wallingford pool
  • Gaylord Sports Association programs have been canceled through April 5. See canceled programs 
  • Sunday services at the hospital are canceled. Our chaplains are visting inpatients on their units.
  • Some of our Development/fundraising events are being postponed or canceled. See updates here
Resources

Updated 4/9/20

CDC: Learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

State of Connecticut: If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health by:

FEMA Rumor Control page

Google COVID-19 Website

Havard Health Literacy Project - COVID-19 Resources Translated in 30+ Languages
COVID-19 Español/Spanish

Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Page (infection map, information)
Bloomberg School of Public Health "Public Health On Call" podcasts related to the conornavirus

New Enland Journal of Medicine
If you are interested in more clinically related information regarding the virus the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) offers a compilation of information here: https://www.nejm.org/coronavirus?cid=DM88311&bid=165056952

National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Research Information

 

Precautions

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, at this time. The best precautions to prevent infection are:

  • Handwashing Video: Why it is so important in helping to prevent COVID-19 and great for use with children to help them understand virus transfer. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Information

Call: (203) 284-2800