Due to the recent spike in cases, please see our new Visitor Policy effective Thursday July 16th at 5pm.
As of 8/12 we have had 1,828 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Calhoun County and have surpassed 100,000 cases throughout the state. We currently have 41 known positive COVID-19 patients in our hospital. View relevant news links here.
What to Expect From Us to Keep You Safe
Due to an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the Calhoun County area, officials at RMC and Stringfellow Hospitals announced today they are reinstating the earlier restrictions restricting hospital visitors. Effective Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:00p.m., the reinstated policy calls for Anniston-based hospitals to restrict all hospital visitation by family members, visitors and non-essential health care personnel at RMC and Stringfellow Hospitals. Visitors will only be allowed for compassionate care for end-of-life patient cases, support persons with disabilities and one support person allowed for maternity cases.
- Our Environmental Services team follows CDC Guidelines, and we have partnered with Clorox to utilize their Healthcare Disinfection Toolkit.
- First, we utilize the Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer for ceiling-to-floor cleaning at time of discharge.
- We then wait 2 minutes, then follow-up with the use of Clorox bleach spray and germicidal wipes for outside vents, door knobs, etc. all the way down to power cords.
- Finally we use UV lights to sanitize our HVAC systems.
- We have also added more negative-pressure rooms.
- Patients are being stopped at the ER entrance and checked for fever, flu-like illness, and recent travel.
- Individuals that need to be further assessed for possible COVID related illness are sent to a separate secured entrance to the ER.
- This allows us to triage them in a more private and secure area with proper PPE.
- They will then be sent to the next appropriate destination dependent upon their triage assessment.
We originally set up a Monday-Friday off-site specimen collection site as a resource for our community physicians.
Our offsite “tent” testing is beginning to transition into our long-term plan for community testing. Starting the second week of June, the tent will only be open on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-4pm through June 25th.
If you would like info on obtaining a physician order, please call our hotline at 256-235-5600.
Messages from Our Staff
Dr. Magadia’s Weekly Musings Blog
Here you’ll find a weekly musings blog by our very own infectious disease specialist. Below are links to and summaries of each of his blog posts.
- August 7th (White Coat Ceremony Speech)– So, why am I boring you with story of my life? And why during your white coat ceremony? Plain and simply because Medicine and its most visible and easily recognizable symbol, the white coat, are intertwined…
- July 28th-I did not think I will have to discuss Hydroxychloroquine or Plaquenil anymore but here we are again. Plaquenil, early on during the pandemic, was touted as a “miracle drug” based on personal experience or anecdotal evidence. But as more scientific and well-controlled clinical trials showed no efficacy and even higher potential for adverse events…
- July 24th– Going 6 months into this pandemic, we are still learning a lot of things about this thing. However, we know more now than we did back in March. There’s still a lot of unknowns about this thing but we could certainly say that this organism is predictable in its unpredictability. Or is it unpredictable in its predictability? Tomatoes, potatoes.
View Past Musings
July 8th– To mask or not to mask… A study done by van Doremalen, et al, in mid March, which I briefly discussed on my previous blog on March 21st, somehow answered that question incompletely. They found that infectious viruses could remain in the air for up to three hours.
July 2nd– About 4 months into pandemic, we have some data now about long-term outcomes on those who got sick to the point that they had to be hospitalized. Some of the patients that we have seen in the hospital are now rolling in in our clinics/offices for post discharge follow-up. So I want to talk about that for a minute.
June 17th-This past Monday, the US FDA revoked the EUA (emergency use authorization) for hydroxychloroquine sulfate aka Plaquenil and its parent drug chloroquine phosphate. We could pretty much say that the concept of Plaquenil therapy with COVID-19 is dead as a doornail. We have removed that as part of our regimen in our hospital.
<a href=”https://coronaiddoc.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/covid19amidst-the-conundrum-and-the-chaos-daily-musings-of-an-id-doc-march-29-2020/”>March 29th</a>- My RMC Family, As of Friday March 27th, we have done 236 testings for SARS-CoV-2 between both hospitals, drive through and JSU Student Health Center. Calhoun County currently has three positive cases.
Stay Informed Using These Reliable News Links
View any of the below links from external news sources this month:
- 8/06/20: Cleburne County Nursing Home records 32 COVID-19 cases; After only having two positive cases of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, the Cleburne County Nursing home now has a total of 32 cases between residents and staff as of Thursday afternoon. Of the 32 cases, 30 were asymptomatic.
- 8/03/20: Up to 20 Dead COVID-19 in Calhoun County; 4 more people have died over the weekend. The coronavirus COVID-19 may have killed as many as 20 people in Calhoun County — more than twice the official death toll — local officials said in a press conference at Regional Medical Center in Anniston Monday afternoon.
- 8/07/20: Calhoun County Commissioner Eli Henderson dead of COVID-19 at age 83; James “Eli” Henderson, the longtime Calhoun County Commissioner who was a walking textbook in how to get elected in rural Alabama, died early Friday afternoon at Regional Medical Center in Anniston after several days of struggle with COVID-19, according to his daughter, circuit clerk Kim McCarson. He was 83.
View Past Coronavirus News Links
- 7/25/20: COVID workload stretching staff at RMC; Infections have ramped up in the last two weeks, stretching hospital staff as the numbers grow. Another 62 people had tested positive for the virus in Calhoun County since the day before, according to Alabama Department of Public Health numbers released Friday morning. The county’s cumulative total since March reached 970, and 480 of those cases — about 49 percent — had been confirmed in the prior 14 days.
- 7/23/20: JSU president announces he’s COVID-19-positive; “Earlier today I did go to the student health center to receive a COVID-19 test,” Killingsworth said Thursday evening. “Unfortunately, it came back positive, so I am in isolation at this point.”
- 7/23/20: COVID beginning to strain ICU capacity as Calhoun County nears 900 cases; Calhoun County’s hospitals are transferring trauma patients as far away as Nashville now that a surge in COVID-19 patients has begun to strain intensive care units here and across the state, according to hospital officials.
- 7/20/20: Anniston’s RMC opens more COVID-19 beds as admissions continue rising; “We need your help, because we are stretched right now,” said Louis Bass, the hospital’s CEO, to about 800 people watching the online broadcast. “We need you to understand, this is a very real issue.”
- 7/17/20: RMC renews ‘no visitors’ policy as COVID-19 cases climb; Anniston’s Regional Medical Center said today it will again bar most visitors to the hospital as the number of patients it’s treating for COVID-19 keeps climbing and the virus spreads rapidly through Alabama.
- 7/13/20: The Push for a Statewide Mask Order in Alabama; The Alabama Hospital Association said they support the idea of statewide face mask order.
- 7/09/20: Birmingham Physicians Sending Letter to Local Schools about COVID-19 Safety; The physicians, who are parents themselves, have already sent the letter to many schools, and their goal is to send it to every school in the greater Birmingham area. They believe more medical voices are needed in the conversation about school safety during the pandemic.
- 7/09/20: RMC hits new high for COVID-19 patients, Alabama virus count rising faster; Coronavirus infection in Alabama continued to spike, with more than 2,100 new cases reported by state officials and ever-climbing numbers of people being treated in hospitals.
- 7/03/20: Local COVID-19 cases spike up; Jax Fest to be fireworks only; Thursday the 2nd saw 43 residents of Calhoun County getting positive test results in a single day, according to numbers released by the Alabama Department of Public Health Friday morning.
- 6/29/20: Calhoun County sees higher rate of COVID-19 cases in last 2 weeks
- 6/10/20: RMC has been working with officials in several communities to provide temporary pop-up testing sites in Hobson City, Roanoke, Constantine, County Ag Center, and Glen Addie Apartment Homes, and Oxford Civic Center, in addition to the testing site set up by the Medical Arts Building.
- 6/3/20:Free COVID-19 testing planned for Piedmont as local cases resume rise
- 5/11/20: COVID-19 testing coming to county ag center– The temporary drive-in site will be located at the Calhoun County Agricultural Center on Thursday.
- 5/08/20: FDA-approved Facility Set to Decontaminate N-95 Masks in Alabama– Healthcare providers now have a free service that will decontaminate previously worn N95 respirator face masks so the masks can be safely reused.
- 4/28/20: Safely Home– RMC discharges COVID-19 patient after 15 days on ventilator
- 4/22/20: 85 cases in Calhoun County– Nearly 5,600 in Alabama positive for Coronavirus, 197 have died and nearly 700 are being hospitalized
- 4/22/20: RMC working to expand COVID testing locations– Glen Addie Homes apartments it the public housing complex and the site where RMC Hospital and the City of Anniston is hosting a drive thru and walk up COVID-19 testing location.
- 4/13/20: Stay at Home Order May be Bending the Curve, Officials Say– At least eight people had been hospitalized in Anniston with the coronavirus by Tuesday, three of them now on ventilators. Another 18 were hospitalized under investigation as possible COVID-19 patients- those showing some coronavirus symptoms who haven’t tested positive.
- 4/10/20: Honda Donates 200 Face Shields for RMC– Honda manufactured and donated 200 face shields for our hospital workers.
- 3/23/20: Live AL Data on COVID Cases, by County– Confirmed Cases, Reported Deaths, and Died From Illness are reported in real time. Total tested and testing sites are updated once a day.
- 3/19/20: Press Release Concerning Temporary No Visitor Policy
- Accessing Your Medical Records During COVID-19 Season– RMC Health Systems recommends that you do not come to the hospital to get copies of your medical records. The best option to get your medical records is to create an account with Chartfast.com, our release of information service, using the above link.
- 3/19/20: Media Release: Drive Through Screening Site
- 3/18/20: First Resident of Anniston with Coronavirus Reported
- Dr. Magadia’s Coronavirus Blog– Here you’ll find a blog updated weekly by our very own infectious disease specialist.
- Podcast feat. Dr. Magadia and RMC CEO Louis Bass– Phillip Tutor of The Anniston Star interviews Regional Medical Center CEO Louis Bass and Dr. Raul Magadia about the global pandemic of COVID-19.
- View Live GIS Map Data on Coronavirus from Johns Hopkins– Visit the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center where experts help to advance understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.
- CDC Informational Resources & What To Do If You’re Sick– View information regarding list of symptoms and what you can do to keep our community safe.
- World Health Org: Rolling Updates- Events as They Happen– View an online repository of relevant news articles as they occur.