NOTICE: The above dashboard is updated daily, excluding weekends and holidays. The above numbers are reflective of Coffee Regional Medical Center patients only.

Please check the Georgia DPH Website by clicking HERE for community-wide totals, as there are multiple testing sites throughout Coffee County.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Watch this short message from Dr. Aris Cochon, one of our front line physicians and Chief Medical Officer of Coffee Regional Medical Center.

We are currently in Phase 1A+

See the image below from the Georgia Department of Public Health on the Phases of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.

COVID-19 Vaccine Packet

If you are interested in receiving the vaccination, see the information below. Please be sure to read the following where you will find phone numbers and details on who is able to be vaccinated at this time. 

NOTICE:

Due to the high demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, all of the currently available vaccine appointments with Coffee Regional Medical Center have been filled at this time. Our appointments are scheduled based on the availability of the vaccine. We expect to receive more vaccines soon and will make additional appointments available as soon as we can. 

It is our goal, working with our public health partners, to provide the vaccine as quickly as possible to those members of our community who meet the 1a criteria. Our call center has been temporarily closed until we can make additional appointments available. 

Additional Information on COVID-19 vaccine:

NEWS from the Department of Public Health 12-30-2020:

More Georgians become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

DPH News Release 12-30-20 on Vaccine roll-out

 

DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout plan

DPH Vaccine info

 

Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet

Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet

 

Moderna

Call Center – 1-866-MODERNA (1-866-663-3762) – available 24/7

Georgia COVID-19 Vaccine Status Dashboard

 

V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker – brought to you by the CDC

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that checks in on you after your COVID-19 vaccination.

If you got vaccinated in the last 6 weeks, you can participate in v-safe!

All you need is your smartphone and information about the COVID-19 vaccine you received. This information can be found on your vaccination record card. If you cannot find your card, please contact your healthcare provider.

Click Here to Sign-Up for V-Safe

How can I be tested for COVID-19?

Tests are FREE and are now readily available through the Georgia Department of Health and the Southeast Georgia Health District.  The testing site is NOW LOCATED at the Coffee County Health Department located at 1111 W Baker Highway in Douglas, Ga, however, you must fill out the information at the link below to schedule your appointment time through the Georgia Department of Public Health. Screening is being provided by the State of Georgia and is FREE to you. Once you click the link below, you will fill out a brief online questionnaire through the below link. The results will be sent via email (unless you do not have an email at which time you will receive a phone call) and typically come within 3-5 days.

NEW!!! BEginning 01/20/2021 in Coffee County COVID-19 TESTING by MAKO

Info from DPH on the COVID-19 testing sites

 

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 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. Tests are now readily available through the Georgia Department of Health (GDPH). The above link under “How can I be tested for COVID-19” will take you to the Georgia Department of Health website where you can fill out a questionnaire and request a COVID-19 test. A test will be scheduled and you will present to the drive-thru testing center at your designated time. Please remain in your vehicle and follow the instructions posted at the testing site. At present, the testing center is located at the Coffee County Health Department. The test is administered by GDPH and not CRMC. CRMC will not get your test results. Those results will be sent to you and information on that will be given to you when you are tested. 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 include fever, cough, and respiratory congestion. For additional questions concerning the test by the GDPH call 1-855-473-4374.

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.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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 may be present with the abovementioned and 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

Guidance on returning to work after a COVID-19 Positive Diagnosis

CDC guidance on when its safe to return to work

How to properly wear a surgical mask

How to Wear a Surgical Mask CRMC

For more CDC Face Mask Information CLICK HERE

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 and news releases from the CDC.

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

Travel Plans?

Find the CDC guidelines on travel here: Traveling Guidelines from CDC

FAQ

How do I protect myself from contracting COVID-19?   Following the 3 W’s will help keep you safe. Wear a mask.  This is important when you are away from home and in public, indoor spaces including retail stores and restaurants. Washing your hands often with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Watch your distance. Practice social distancing measures and keep at least 6-foot distance between you and others especially when you must be around others not living in your household. Do not go to public places without taking full precautions by wearing a mask and being prepared to disinfect surfaces or your hands after you have touched public surfaces. 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.

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.

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/

Additional resources:

Southeast Georgia Health District link of helpful information

https://www.sehdph.org/covid-19/

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

Click below for tips on washing your hands.

CoronaVirus_Handwashing_Final_3.3

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

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