Baptist Coronavirus Response Plan

If you are planning to visit someone at a Baptist Memorial Hospital, please read our revised Visitation Policy.

For most individuals who contract COVID-19, the symptoms will be mild and moderate. Symptoms can be more pronounced and become severe for people who are age 60 or older, have a compromised immune system, and patients of any age with an underlying health issue such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease.

We screen all patients arriving at all Baptist hospitals and clinics for the following factors that may indicate a COVID-19 infection:

  • Recent travel to high-risk areas
  • Close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients
  • Fever and flu-like symptoms

For the safety of our patients and staff, we take the following precautions with all patients determined to be at risk for COVID-19:

  • We immediately isolate them and put them in the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • All health care workers who interact with or treat the patient wear personal protective equipment (face shields, gloves, goggles and glasses, gowns, head covers and shoe covers).
  • Our electronic health record links directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which helps us screen for all emerging infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Systemwide, we have more than 100 negative pressure rooms, where we can place contagious patients to contain their illness.
  • We've posted signage in all our hospitals and physician offices asking patients to tell a staff member immediately if they have flu-like symptoms.
  • We ask patients to put on a mask immediately if they have flu-like symptoms to protect other patients from illness. While the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the Baptist footprint of Central and North Mississippi, Northeast Arkansas and West Tennessee — including the Memphis metro area — remains low, we strongly encourage taking precautions to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.