As of 4/5/20, the number of COVID cases has surpassed 1,900 throughout the state. We have 38 cases in Calhoun County as of right now, and are treating 2 inpatient cases in our hospital. There are at least 50 deaths throughout the state.
We have recently implemented some new processes that went very well! Thank you so much to everyone that was involved! Those processes include:
Restricting Visitation. Effective immediately, officials at RMC and Stringfellow Hospitals must comply with a statewide Public Health Order that prohibits ALL hospital visitation by family members, visitors and non-essential health care personnel at RMC and Stringfellow Hospitals. The only exceptions to this public health order are compassionate care situations, such as maternity or end of life.
Screening of all Patients before entering the ER. 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.
Drive-Thru Testing Site
We’ve Set up a Specimen Collection Site. We set up an off-site specimen collection site as a resource for our community physicians. Our goal was to provide a location for our physicians to send patients that may be exhibiting signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 for specimen collection without sending them to the ER. Currently, patients must be sent to this site from their physician’s office. The office must determine the need for testing, and provide the order to the hospital prior to the patient arriving at the tent. These specimens will take 5-10 days to get results.
Please Note: Be sure to have a referral from your physician confirming that you may, in fact, be symptomatic and may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are ASYMPTOMATIC you do NOT need to be tested. Flu, strep, and mono are still very alive and well in our community and exhibit similar symptoms to COVID-19.
Dr. Magadia’s “The Skinny on Coronavirus”
Stay Informed Using These Reliable Links
- 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.
- 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
- 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.