Carry Your Covid Vaccine Card with you in Your Phone Via LA Wallet App
- Trustworthy display of your digital COVID19 Vaccination record on file with the Louisiana Department of Health
- Easy: Optionally added with Two Taps to Approve and One Tap to Remove
- Optional: Louisiana Resident is in full control
- Nothing Extra: Only COVID19 Vaccination information is accurately added to LA Wallet
- No Copies: Data is only kept at Louisiana Department of Health and Your Device
- Single Use: The resident presenting COVID19 Vaccination status through LA Wallet is the only time this information is shared
- Is not connected to a driver’s license or ID but lives securely in LA Wallet
Click on the below to learn more about LA Wallet
(6/1/21) Updated to our Visitor Screening Process
In the last year, we’ve learned a lot about COVID-19. We’ve changed our infection prevention and our treatment protocols, visitor restrictions and screening processes. And as COVID-19 admissions and community transmission have fallen in our area as vaccination rates increase, we know the time is now to change our visitor screening process again, to focus on the strategies we know work while putting less emphasis on those that are less effective.
So we’re changing from focusing on in-person visitor screening to an enhanced focus on enforcing masking. We’ll continue to ask our visitors to screen for symptoms, but, instead of using clinical screeners, our visitors will be instructed to do so by signage at our entrances, and we’ll provide enhanced support for enforcing masking.
We’ll still limit entrances, and we’ll still ask our Associates and physicians to self-screen for their own symptoms before arriving at work. But after consultation with clinical leaders and a review of the current guidance, we know that we can safely change how we screen visitors to our acute and ambulatory settings.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for helping us ensure NRMC is a safe place to give and receive care. We are thankful for all you do to care for our community and each other!
- We’ll continue enforcing universal masking, as it is one of our key infection prevention tools.
- We’ll still rely on visitors to screen themselves honestly for symptoms, not entering if they have any exposures or symptoms of COVID-19. (*See flyers on entrances)
- Instead of screeners at the door, we’ll now rely on a signage-based self-screening system. (see signs below)
(4/15/21) All First Dose Covid-19 Vaccines Will Now be Given at the NRMC Walk-in-Clinic
PREPARING FOR A VACCINE APPOINTMENT
Please bring the following with you to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:
NRMC COVID TOWNHALL EVENT REPLAY
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? See the link below for more information …
Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine
- Does the vaccine protect against COVID-19?
- It appears to be 95% effective protecting people ages 18 and older with at least one symptom.
- Out of 170 subjects who developed Covid-19 with a symptom, 162 were on a placebo. Only 8 had received the vaccine.
- This result was consistent across ages 18 years to 85 years, races and ethnic groups.
- Is the vaccine safe?
- So far, it looks generally safe.
- The most frequent severe side effect was fatigue in 3.8% of the volunteers who fell ill, while 2% reported headaches.
- But that data isn’t enough to establish the safety of the vaccine.
- When will the vaccine become available?
- December 2020.
- It is estimated that 50 million doses globally can be produced by the end of 2020. This is enough for 25 million people because the vaccine requires 2 doses.
- This means that only the highest-risk groups, such as front-line health care workers, could be inoculated this year.
- When can I get it?
- A National Academy of Medicine panel recommended:
- First in line – doctors, nurses, and other front-line workers
- Second in line – people whose health conditions put them at high risk of developing severe Covid-19, elderly people in nursing homes and people in prisons.
- Third in line – teachers and transportation workers.
- Health authorities expect the general public could get vaccinated in the spring or summer.
- What don’t we know?
- Aside from an incomplete safety profile, it is not known how long any protection the vaccine provides will last.
- A National Academy of Medicine panel recommended:
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Where can I get more COVID-19 Information?
The Louisiana Department of Health is partnering with the 211 hotline to answer questions related to the virus. It’s easy as 1-2-3 to get the most current information available for COVID-19.
- Simply dial 211
- Text LACOVID to 898-211
- Visit www.LA211Help.org
NRMC is here to CARE for YOU!
NRMC’s Walk-In Clinic, Emergency Room, and North Natchitoches Medical Clinic in Campti are open and ready to provide the quality healthcare our community has come to expect. If you are concerned about being infected with COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider, the state 211 line, or NRMC for pre-screening. Remember, our hospital is still operational and here to address your critical health needs.
Dealing with COVID-19 Stress
If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services.
Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7
Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.
Please practice social distancing. Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or disease. Please refer to the attached social distancing graphic.
Individuals with symptoms or concerns are advised to first contact their primary care provider or call 211.
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center will use a triage system to evaluate and test patients with COVID-19 symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
The triage team will determine if individuals meet guidelines for testing based on travel, contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19/Coronavirus, and symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
When criteria are met, cases will be escalated to a designated health care provider for further evaluation and/or testing.
Every person who enters an NRMC facility will undergo screening. This includes all patients, associates, physicians, essential personnel and vendors.