Williamson County COVID-19 Press Conference Williamson Medical Center Statement

March 5, 2020

Tuesday morning, Williamson Medical Center received a call from the state regarding the referral of an individual to be tested for the novel Coronavirus.

In preparation of this individual’s arrival, a staff member wearing CDC-approved personal protection equipment met this individual outside of the center to collect the sampling needed for this test, which was submitted per protocols to the state laboratory. Following this sample collection, the individual went back home to proactively isolate while the test was pending. To reiterate, this individual never entered, or was a patient of Williamson Medical Center. We want to reassure current and recent patients and visitors that this individual nor the collection that took place occurred inside the hospital.

We have an interdisciplinary team of experts who have been preparing in advance of the virus arrival in our state and continue to stay in close communication with the Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC for information and updates related to guidelines on treating patients.

In response to the first Coronavirus diagnosis in our state, we are instituting a limited visitor approach, allowing only necessary personnel and caregivers inside the hospital. This means that we are discouraging visitors for patients at this time. This is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and health of our patients and staff.

Patients should seek medical treatment as usual. We also encourage the community to remain vigilant in taking measures to stop the spread of the virus including:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Refraining from touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • And avoiding contact with those who are sick

Health and safety are always our priority. We continue to remain fully prepared and are confident in the measures we’re taking for the safe and effective care of our community. For questions or concerns the community may call the Tennessee Department of Health patient hotline: 877-857-2945, and visit www.cdc.gov.

 

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Angie VanTassell | Alday Public Relations

O: (615) 791-1535; M: (615) 428-7197

angie@aldaypr.com

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