NOTICE: The above numbers are reflective of Coffee Regional Medical Center patients only. Please check the Georgia DPH Website for community-wide totals, as there are multiple testing sites throughout Coffee County.

How can I be tested for COVID-19?

Tests are FREE and are now readily available through the Georgia Department of Health. Call the Southeast Georgia Health District toll-free number if you believe you have symptoms or have had exposure to someone who has tested positive. Call 1-855-473-4374 to request a COVID-19 test.

What is the coronavirus & COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Some coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, although some can cause more serious illness. The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus causes the illness coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This spread began in China in late 2019, hence the name COVID-19.

What exactly is flattening the curve and how can I help?

The terms “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” were terms very few of us had ever heard in early 2020, much less used. If you have been tuned in to the news and media recently, they have become the new buzz words. When it comes to healthcare, what do these words mean? Learn more about it by clicking here Flattening the Curve

When is it time to reopen the economy?

A Three-Phased Approach of Reopening the Economy
The White House COVID-19 Task Force has developed a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx. These much-anticipated steps to reopen our economy will help state and local officials determine how and when to make the changes that will get people back to work safely and continue to protect American lives. As our local economy continues to reopen, under the direction of our state and local leaders, be sure to continue using caution when around others and in public places. Click Here for More Information

What do I do if I suspect that I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you suspect that you or a loved one has been exposed to coronavirus and you are showing correlating symptoms of COVID-19, please take these measures. Unless you are experiencing a health emergency and need immediate health intervention, do not go to an emergency room. Tests are FREE and are now readily available through the Georgia Department of Health. Call the Southeast Georgia Health District toll-free number if you believe you have symptoms or have had exposure to someone who has tested positive. Call 1-855-473-4374 to request a COVID-19 test. Once tested, there is an approximate 48-72 hours turnaround time on this test, therefore it is very important for the individual to self-quarantine until test results are returned.  Be prepared to treat the common symptoms of COVID-19 which includes fever, cough, and respiratory congestion.

It is important to emphasize that if you are experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face please report to your nearest Emergency room or call 911.  There could be other serious side-effects so if you have any troubling symptoms consult your medical provider ASAP. Be sure to make all those who come into contact with you of your suspected condition so they can take precautions to not contract the possible COVID-19.

What are the symptoms?

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*

  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills (and/or repeated shaking with chills)
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of Sense of Smell (anosmia) or Taste

This list is not all-inclusive so please contact your physicians’ office with additional symptoms that may be concerning to you.

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses, according to the cdc.gov website. Additional symptoms that may be present with the abovementioned include nausea and diarrhea. Not all symptoms may be present.

For more information from the CDC info on Symptoms, Testing, and a Self-Checker Questionnaire, click here Symptoms & Testing

The Latest from the CDC

Guidelines for protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19 continue to evolve. To ensure you are following the latest findings from the CDC click the link below.

CLICK HERE for the latest news from the CDC.

Tips to Keep Children Healthy while School is Out

The CDC has created a very informative webpage that includes information on how to protect children from getting sick, symptoms children may have, and more. Click the link below to find out more.

CDC’s Tips on Keeping Kids Healthy

What to do if you are sick.

If you suspect you have been exposed or if someone in your home suspects they have been exposed and are told to self-isolate, please read these very important guidelines below from the CDC.

Info If You Are Sick

What if someone in your home is told to self-isolate or suspects they may be sick?

Guidance to Prevent the Spread in Your Home

Helping your employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19

We need your help. Due to the increased volume our hospital is currently experiencing, we are asking employers to please follow these guidelines if you suspect that an employee or multiple employees have been exposed to COVID-19. Patients without active symptoms, who do not require emergent care, are asked to avoid coming to the Emergency Room to be tested for COVID-19. Please see the printable information sheet below for tips on how to best assist employees at this time.

Helping Your Employee Who May Have Been Exposed ONE SHEETER

Travel Plans this Summer?

The CDC has guidelines on domestic travel. Traveling within the US Guidelines from CDC

FAQ

How do I protect myself from contracting COVID-19? Washing your hands often with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is the best way to protect yourself. Practice social distancing measures. Do not go to public places without taking full precaution to disinfect surfaces or your hands after you have touched public surfaces. The CDC now recommends all those out in public wear a cloth face mask to protect themselves, as there is clear evidence that the virus is spread by even those with no symptoms. Remaining at home as much as possible and avoiding these public places will be very helpful in protecting yourself and slowing the spread of the virus.

More information from the CDC on how to protect yourself can be found here How to Protect Yourself  and Face Mask Recommendations

How long does the virus survive on surfaces? It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including the COVID-19 virus) may survive on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others.

Who is at risk of developing severe illness? While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than those without underlying health issues.

Remaining Prepared During Stay-at-Home Order? In light of Governor Kemp’s extended stay-at-home order through the month of April, individuals need to be prepared to self-quarantine at home. Avoiding stores as much as possible during this time will remain very important. Consider drive-thru, mail delivery, curbside pickup, or other pickup options for essentials. Many local businesses are offering this type of service, so we urge you to please take advantage of that and avoid public places. Having common cleaning supplies on hand to ensure your home is clean (bleach, antibacterial surface cleaners) will be helpful. Should an individual have symptoms of COVID-19 and be self-quarantined, over the counter medications to treat the common symptoms of fever & cough will be helpful. It is also very important to stay hydrated, so having sports drinks or drinks with electrolytes may prove helpful should you fall ill.

How do I know if I am getting true and reliable information?  This is very important as we have seen multiple reports, locally, of incorrect and non-factual information. Keep an eye on the CRMC Facebook page for updates from the hospital. Obtaining your information from an accurate source will ensure you have correct and up-to-date information. These websites are the best sources for accurate information:  https://dph.georgia.gov/   and  https://www.cdc.gov/

FAQ for Seniors
Information for Senior Citizens

Additional resources:

The Daily Status Report by the Georgia Department of Public Health

Ga Dept of Public Health Daily Status Report

CDC Guidelines on Critical Workers

Critical Workers Guidelines (updated)

CDC: COVIDView – a weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity. The report is updated each Friday.

COVIDView

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America — 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Presidents Coronavirus Guideline for America

Click below for tips on washing your hands.

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Georgia Department of Health General Information & steps you should take if you suspect COVID-19

https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/covid-19-general-information-factsheet/download

What to do if you are sick with COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

What if someone in your home is sick? Read these CDC guidelines.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html#precautions

Ten ways to care for yourself at home if you have respiratory symptoms related to COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins Global Cases Map

Guidance for Employers from the Georgia Department of Public Health

https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-businesses-and-employers

Print Resources from the Centers for Disease Prevention & Control

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html