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

COVID Precautions & Testing

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 the 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 the Facility

Every patient and visitor will be screened before entering the hospital. 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.

Visitation

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 16

Approved Visitors (Subject to Change)

All approved visitors will also 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 (as of 6/2/21)

One visitor is allowed to accompany a non-COVID-19 patient being treated in the Emergency department or urgent care centers. He or she must stay in the patient’s room at all times and may help settle the patient into his or her room if admitted. Use the direct entrance to the Emergency department or urgent care center upon arrival.

Inpatients (Non-COVID-19 Patients) (as of 6/2/21)

Two visitors are allowed to visit inpatients in non-COVID-19 units during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week. Visits from Pastoral Care and personal faith leaders do not affect visitation guidelines. Depending on a patient’s tower location, please use the Main Entrance or the South Entrance of the hospital. Visitors must wear masks at all times, including when visiting patients in their room.

Obstetrics (as of 6/2/21)

A spouse or support person 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 support person, are allowed to visit the Mother/Baby unit during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week.

Surgical/Procedural Areas (Inpatient and Outpatient) (as of 6/2/21)

Two visitors are permitted in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at the main campus. They may help settle the patient into his or her room if admitted. For procedures at the main hospital, use the Main Entrance upon arrival. One visitor is allowed in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at other Lexington Medical Center facilities. Patients and visitors should use the Main Entrance to those buildings upon arrival.

Special Care Nursery (as of 6/2/21)

The birth parent and her support person are allowed in the Special Care Nursery. They must both have the infant identification bracelet. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital.

Physician Network (as of 6/2/21)

All physician practices follow the No Visitor Policy. Depending on the practice and patient circumstance, caregivers may be able to accompany patients to appointments. Patients should contact each physician practice with questions about visitation.

End-of-Life Situations

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

Clergy

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.

Vendors

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.

COVID-19 Community Vaccination

Lexington Medical Center is currently accepting COVID-19 vaccine requests for those in Phase 1a and 1b, which includes health care workers, people age 55 and older and others.

Learn More

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.