An Acute/Critical Care nurse wears full scrubs and face shield as she stands patiently in a hallway lined with windows.

COVID Precautions & Screenings

Ensuring Our Patients, Staff and Community Stay Safe

As the Midlands’ only locally owned community hospital, Lexington Medical Center is working diligently every day to offer the best in care.


Facilities Open for Postponed Procedures for Patients

We have reopened to provide care while putting as many safety precautions in place as possible.

Patient Screening & Treatment

Patients will be screened by hospital staff before entering any facility and may have to leave based on their screening results.

Before Appointments

All patients with scheduled appointments will be screened by phone for COVID-19 symptoms.

Before Entering Facilities

Every employee, patient and visitor will be screened before entering our facilities, including a temperature check. Patients have designated entrances to minimize contact with others.

Before High-Risk Procedures

We are encouraging COVID-19 lab testing prior to performing high risk procedures.

Wear a Mask

All employees, patients and visitors must wear face masks while in any of our facilities. SCDHEC and the CDC have guides for making homemade masks if you don’t already have one.

Social Distancing

We have refurbished our waiting rooms to practice proper social distancing.

Visitors Restricted

Visitors are not allowed to accompany patients to their appointments, with few exceptions.

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."

Test Results for COVID-19

Available in 5–7 Business Days

We partner with a variety of independent laboratories and do not process COVID-19 in-house. Please do not call these independent labs. They cannot release test results directly to patients. Patients with LMC MyChart accounts can obtain their results online.

Immediate Notification

As soon as we have a patient’s results, we will notify them of the result.

Emergency Hospital Services

The West Columbia campus Emergency department has set up a triage area for patients who need immediate and critical medical attention, with a dedicated tent for those with symptoms.


Affected Facilities

  • Lexington Medical Center Main Campus
  • Emergency Department
  • Community Medical and Urgent Care Centers
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Lexington and Irmo
  • Extended Care

No Exceptions

  • No visitors for patients with COVID-19
  • No visitors for patients suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19
  • No minors under the age 18

Approved Visitors

All approved visitors will be screened by staff before entering any Lexington Medical Center facility and may have to leave based on their screening results. All visitors must wear face masks while in any of our facilities.

Emergency Department/Urgent Care Centers

One visitor will be allowed to accompany a patient being treated in the Emergency department or urgent care centers. He or she must stay in the patient’s room at all times. Use the direct entrance to the Emergency department or urgent care center upon arrival.

Inpatients (Non-COVID-19 Patients)

Two visitors will be allowed to visit inpatients in non-COVID-19 units during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., seven days per week. Visitors must travel directly to and from the patient’s assigned room and must stay in the patient’s room during the entire visit. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital.


A spouse or significant other is permitted while the patient is in labor or has just delivered a child. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital. Two visitors, not including the spouse or significant other, are allowed to visit the Mother/Baby unit during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., seven days per week.

Special Care Nursery

The birth parent and her significant other are allowed in the Special Care Nursery. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital.

Surgical/Procedural Areas (Inpatient and Outpatient)

One visitor is permitted in the specified waiting room during the patient’s surgery or procedure. For procedures at the main hospital, use the Main Entrance upon arrival. For procedures performed at other Lexington Medical Center facilities, use the Main Entrance to those buildings.

End-of-Life Situations

A limited number of visitors will be allowed for critical patients.


All clergy members should use the telephone or electronic devices to communicate with parishioners. Exceptions will be made for critical and end-of-life patients.


Access will be significantly limited. Vendors who routinely deliver supplies and equipment to care areas should contact the area staff to have supplies picked up outside the facility.

Call for Services

Medical Records

(803) 791-2264

Billing or Insurance Questions

(803) 791-2300

Job Interviews

(803) 791-2000

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.

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, an OB/GYN at Lexington Maternal Fetal Medicine specializing in high-risk pregnancies, 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.