Medical needs shelter to open in Mobile County for Tropical Storm Sally | News

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Mobile County Health Department and Mobile County Emergency Management Agency will open a shelter during Tropical Storm Sally.

The health department said the facility should be viewed as a haven for patients who require minimal medical supervision.

The following details were published by MCHD:

The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) operates a Medical Needs Shelter in coordination with the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency. That will be the case this week in response to Tropical Storm Sally.

The Medical Needs Shelter is a LAST RESORT shelter for patients with physical and / or mental illnesses who require minimal medical / nursing supervision and cannot be accommodated in a general population home.

MCHD will open its Medical Needs Shelter at Burns Middle School (6175 Girby Road in Mobile). Registration starts on Monday, September 14th at 10am

Due to COVID-19, additional restrictions apply this year. A face covering is required for entry unless an illness prohibits wearing one. Temperatures will be checked prior to admission and screening questions will be asked about COVID-19. Social distancing and face-covering are required throughout the stay and are enforced under the Safer at Home health ordinance enacted August 27, 2020 by Governor Kay Ivey.

To be admitted, patients must have: 1. A Caregiver (MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER) – Patients are NOT admitted without one. 2. Valid identification. 3. Medical care and medication for at least 72-96 hours. 4. Eat when a special diet is required for at least 72 hours. 5. Water, toiletries, everything that is needed on a daily basis.

Patients with certain medical conditions are enrolled on a case-by-case basis. Examples of these conditions are: 1. CPAP, portable ventilators that require electricity. 2. Wound care. 3. IV therapy. 4. Stable oxygen, nebulizer or sleep apnea treatment. 5. Foley / supra pubic catheter. 6. Functional and access needs of patients. 7. Wheelchair bound that requires minimal assistance in daily living. 8. Ostomies.

Each patient is examined and admitted on a case-by-case basis. For reasons of space, admission is subject to availability.

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