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.
Another educational message on the science behind the vaccine by local orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Barber.
COVID-19 Vaccine Info
4/13/21 – Statement regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Coffee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) paused administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in response to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) joint announcement to pause the vaccine. A rare type of blood clot occurred in a very small number of participants, prompting this action. This side effect was not included on the list of potential adverse side effects that were part of the emergency use authorization for J&J, therefore the recommendation to pause was issued. While officials are stressing that this side effect appears to be extremely rare, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution.
As these cases are further assessed and reviewed, Coffee Regional urges anyone who has received the J&J vaccine in the recent 3 week period to seek immediate medical attention if they experience a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.
CRMC will continue to prioritize vaccine safety, following the guidelines of the CDC and FDA. Both the Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will remain available at our vaccine clinics at no cost to our community. To find out more about how you can be vaccinated, visit us online at www.coffeeregional.org/coronavirus
COVID-19 Vaccine Packet
If you are interested in receiving the vaccination, see the information below. Vaccines are being administered by appointment only.
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.
Additional Information on COVID-19 vaccine:
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), those who have been vaccinated may gather together without the use of masks. Read full details here:
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.
How can I be tested for COVID-19?
Tests are now readily available through the Georgia Department of Health and the Southeast Georgia Health District via MAKO.
COVID-19 Testing is being done by MAKO
Therapeutic Distribution Locations for COVID-19:
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 is 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. 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 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
- 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