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Magnolia Regional Medical Center is taking precautions against coronavirus.

Chief Executive Officer Rex Jones told the Board of Commissioners during their monthly meeting held in a conference call that the hospital has limited entrance to the main doors and the emergency room.

A visitation policy has been put in place limiting one visitor per patient, except in special cases such as end-of-life situations.

The hospital has implemented a screening process and is testing people for the COVID-19 virus as needed.

Jones said that while there has been one confirmed case in Columbia County, it was not through the hospital. He added that the hospital has not received any test results back at this time, He wanted to remind the community that even a positive test does not mean a person must be hospitalized.

Gina Atkins, Infection Control nurse, said they don’t want to use equipment and protective gear until they need to do so.

Dr. John Alexander added that they want to keep this virus out of the hospital for as long as possible.

In other board news:

-- The hospital ended the month of February with a negative EBITDA of $207,186.

Net revenue for the month was $1,399,189.

Financial officer Roxanne Stewart said there was a decrease in the number of inpatient admissions.

The hospital had a non-operating income of $64,175, including $58,853 in sales tax revenue.

Year-to-date, the hospital has a negative EBITDA of $235,990.

Gross revenue is $21,995,926, with a net revenue of $14,442,191 after contractual allowances and charity care deductions of $175,256.

The net labor expense is $4,945,786. Non-operating income for the year is $312,995 including $280,017 in sales tax revenue.

-- Jones told the board that the move to 501(c)3 status was in process but moving along very slowly. He said he would try to get a discussion of the lease of the facility on the next City Council agenda.

-- Jones said the search for a family practice/OBGYN physician is ongoing. The board met in executive session and voted to make an offer for a general surgeon candidate.

-- Jones told the board that some of the restrictions regarding critical access hospitals may soon be re-evaluated. If they are, he suggested that the board consider the potential this designation could make available for the hospital.

-- Jones said staffing in labor and delivery is very tight even with agency nurses. In fact, they may not be fully staffed as of the end of the week. He said they are looking at incentives to help bring in much needed nurses.

-- Jones said for the time being elective surgeries will still be done at the hospital. He said they felt the types of surgeries done are generally short stays and would not be a burden on capacity.

-- The next meeting will be April 27.

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