Hamilton Medical Center received confirmation of its first positive test for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Most of the other hospitals in the region have positive cases as well.
This patient is recovering at home and is quarantined according to CDC guidelines. As with other healthcare-related situations, HIPAA prevents us from providing additional information related to the former patient.
Hamilton Health Care System leaders and staff, through a specially designated COVID-19 Task Force, have been meeting daily in preparation for receiving Hamilton’s first confirmed COVID-19 test result. Prior to the development of the Task Force, Hamilton leaders and associates have been putting measures in place to reduce opportunities for exposure and to adapt for operations such as this.World Health Organization CDC Website GA Department of Public Health
As part of a statewide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Hamilton has implemented a No Visitors policy beginning today. Similar to what is being done at other hospitals, Hamilton will only allow visitors in certain extraordinary circumstances. During this time, Hamilton is encourage family and friends to utilize alternative forms of communication with their loved ones.
In addition to tighter visitor restrictions, all employees and providers are being screened as well.
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed, please contact your primary care provider.
As the Georgia Regional Coordinating Hospital for Region A (northwest Georgia), Hamilton Medical Center has been in regular contact with the Georgia Department of Public Health and other regional and state partners related to the COVID-19 situation. Hamilton will continue to monitor the situation closely and adjust policies and procedures as needed.
“Hamilton is asking the community to follow CDC guidelines to protect yourself and those around you by limiting exposure,” said Lee Connor, MD, infectious disease specialist. “Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze, and follow social distancing guidelines.”