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Memorial Prepares for Hurricane Sally by Deploying “Hurricane Alert Status”

Posted Date: September 14, 2020

Memorial’s health care system prepares for Hurricane Sally by activating emergency operations protocols and declares a special code - “Hurricane Alert Status” - which escalates processes designed to keep patients and employees safe. Hurricane Alert Status will go into effect at 7:00pm, Monday, 9/14.  This means Memorial will restrict access by “locking down” the Gulfport and Wiggins hospital campus. Employees, visitors and patients will remain sheltered-in-place until the threat of the active storm or threatening conditions caused by Sally’s aftermath have passed. The Emergency Department will remain open for life-threatening or emergent medical conditions only. All elective surgeries for Tuesday, 9/15 have been cancelled.

In addition, on Tuesday, September 15, all Memorial facilities will be closed to include COVID-19 testing sites, Memorial physician clinics, surgery and imaging centers, and administrative offices. We will continue to monitor storm conditions and will make appropriate decisions regarding resuming normal operations.

Memorial is not a designated shelter.  As such, no boarders will be allowed.  Visitor/visitation restrictions implemented to minimize the spread of infection remain in place. Visiting exceptions may be made in certain circumstances including pediatric care, labor and delivery, end-of-life or essential caregivers but visitors will not be allowed to come and go.