NOTICE: The above dashboard is updated weekly. 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 Coffee County has multiple testing sites.
Coffee Regional Medical Center Pauses COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Coffee Regional Medical Center is no longer administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public. COVID-19 vaccines are readily available at many local pharmacies, large chain pharmacies, and the Coffee County Health Department at 1111 West Baker Highway. If you have questions about vaccinations, please contact your primary care provider. CLICK HERE TO FIND A VACCINE NEAR YOU
How can I be tested for COVID-19?
COVID-19 at-home tests are readily available to be purchased over the counter at pharmacies. The Coffee County Health Department may also have tests available.
Coffee Regional First Care (urgent care clinic)
Coffee Regional First Care, located at 1301 S Peterson Avenue (between Starbucks and Jersey Mike’s) in Douglas, offers COVID testing for individuals experiencing COVID-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Open 7 days per week, 7:30 am – 7:30 pm.
PHONE NUMBER 912-383-6966
To schedule an appointment online at Coffee Regional First Care, click here
FREE tests are now available via MAKO Medical through the Georgia Department of Health and the Southeast Georgia Health District. The testing site is now located at the Coffee County Health Department (as of 8/15/22) and is currently testing Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, and the 1st Saturday of the month 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Times are subject to change, check the link below for the most up-to-date info.
PHONE NUMBER for MAKO 1-855-473-4374
MAKO provides results within three days of receiving the specimen. You will be notified by MAKO when your results are ready. If you have not heard from MAKO in four days and you believe you have test results in the system, please call us at 919-351-MAKO (6256).
Know Our Community Spread Information
COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool provided by the CDC to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area. Click the link below for more information.
Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines
If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone recently diagnosed as COVID positive, please follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease control.
More info from the CDC:
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.
Another educational message on the science behind the vaccine by local orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Barber.
COVID-19 Vaccine Info
We want you to make an informed decision when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination. The CDC & hhs.gov offers a lot of guidance including information for those who have already had COVID-19. CLICK HERE to read more.
As of October 29, 2021, there are three vaccines available to protect against COVID-19 disease:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (Comirnaty®) is FDA-approved for people ages 16 years and older; it is authorized for emergency use in people ages 5 years and older.
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is authorized for emergency use in people ages 18 years and older.
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is authorized for emergency use in people ages 18 years and older.
Vaccine Booster Info
Additional Information on COVID-19 vaccine:
FAQ’s about the COVID-19 Vaccine
Preguntas queue see hacen con frecuencia acerca de la vacuna contra el Covid-19
NEWS from the Department of Public Health:
DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout plan
Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet
Call Center – 1-866-MODERNA (1-866-663-3762) – available 24/7
Pfizer Fact Sheet
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Fact Sheet
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.
Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics
It is important to note that if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 there are treatments known as monoclonal antibody therapeutics that have proven to lessen the effects of the virus. Monoclonal antibody therapeutics are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses. Monoclonal antibodies treatments are given to help treat patients with COVID-19. They have been shown to reduce severe illness, hospitalization, and risk of death and have been effective against the new Delta variant. Coffee Regional Medical Center offers this treatment and currently has Regeneron in stock. This treatment is most effective when administered early in the infection process so please contact your family physician or healthcare provider as soon as you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to discuss this treatment option in more detail, even if you are not experiencing severe symptoms. This is administered as an IV infusion on an out-patient basis at Coffee Regional and takes approximately 1 hour to administer. The monoclonal antibody therapeutics requires a physician’s order and is being administered by CRMC on an outpatient basis.
The national map below displays those locations that have received shipments of monoclonal antibody therapeutics under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority, within the past several weeks. The monoclonal antibody treatments Bamlanivimab (made by Eli Lilly and Company) and the therapeutic cocktail Casirivimab/Imdevimab (made by Regeneron) are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses. Monoclonal antibody treatments are given to help treat patients with COVID-19.
Although monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments have been shipped nationwide, shipment locations are displayed for those States that have opted to have their locations displayed on this public website. Individuals in other states should contact their local/regional health authorities for additional information on monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments.
IMPORTANT: This data is based on shipments reported by the distributor, and there s not a guarantee of availability at Coffee Regional. Locations that received fewer than 5 courses of treatment are not displayed. These therapeutics must be used under the terms of the EUA for appropriate patients. They have not been approved by the FDA, only approved for emergency use authorization (EUA). Data displayed on the linked page (below) is for informational purposes only for clinicians and patients.
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 for those experiencing symptoms at the CRMC Walk-In Clinic, the Mako Medical tent in the CRMC parking lot, and other providers and pharmacies in the community. Unless you take a rapid 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 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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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
How to properly wear a surgical mask
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.
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.
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.
What if someone in your home is told to self-isolate or suspects they may be sick?
Find the CDC guidelines on travel here: Traveling Guidelines from CDC
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 a 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 a 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/
Southeast Georgia Health District link of helpful information
The Daily Status Report by the Georgia Department of Public Health
CDC Guidelines on Critical Workers
CDC: COVIDView – a weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity. The report is updated each Friday.
Click below for tips on washing your hands.
Georgia Department of Health General Information & steps you should take if you suspect COVID-19
What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
Ten ways to care for yourself at home if you have respiratory symptoms related to COVID-19
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University
Guidance for Employers from the Georgia Department of Public Health
Print Resources from the Centers for Disease Prevention & Control