NOTICE: 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.

 

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 located on our campus 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.

CLICK HERE FOR COVID-19 TEST INFORMATION

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

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 FREE and 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 under the white tents in the parking lot of Coffee Regional Medical Center. The test is administered by GDPH and not CRMC. CRMC will not get your test results. Those results will be sent to you. 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. 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 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?

Find the CDC guidelines on travel here: Traveling 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.

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:

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

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.

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

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