WellStar confirms it is treating coronavirus patients

Published 8:41 am Monday, March 16, 2020

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WellStar has confirmed it is treating patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

The hospital system released a statement on Monday in response to the first coronavirus case in Troup County being confirmed on Sunday.

“WellStar can confirm that we are treating patients diagnosed with COVID -19. Out of respect for our patients and privacy laws, we cannot comment on the specifics regarding location or the condition of patients, we can confirm we are following the protocols and recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health authorities – including informing state officials and isolating the patients,” the statement said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are also following CDC guidelines for testing our staff. We echo the sentiment and statements made by others, including Governor Kemp, and encourage Georgians to stay vigilant, stay calm, and utilize best health practices outlined by the CDC to help mitigate health risks. Our hospitals remain open for other patients thanks to the work of our team members.”

There have been 12 total cases in the District 4 Public Health coverage area, which includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Union Counties.

Statewide numbers are being reported every day at noon. There were 99 total cases in Georgia as of noon Sunday and one death. The Troup County case announced Sunday night is not included in that statewide total.

District 4 Public Health recommends taking the following precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.