What You Need to Know About Coronavirus
The spread of the coronavirus, a respiratory disease also known as COVID-19, is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation. As the outbreak expands, the risk of being exposed to this virus will increase.
We urge anyone with fever, a dry cough or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to contact their primary care physician prior to seeking care.
With so much news about the disease, it can be overwhelming to stay up to date on the most current information. Morgan Medical Center is committed to sharing quality, accurate information with our community. To that end we have compiled the following resources to keep you informed and will update this page as new information becomes available.
Morgan Medical Center Visitor Policy
Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of our patients, as of March 16 we will no longer allow visitors in our facility. We encourage you to consider other means of keeping in touch with patients, such as phone calls, emails, cards and social media. Thank you for your understanding during this time.
Common Prevention Methods
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Morgan Medical Center recommends following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for prevention:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance (6 ft. or more) between yourself and others who may be sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (such as tables, countertops, doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks) using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; or if your hands are visibly dirty. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Should I wear a facemask?
Facemasks should only be used by people showing symptoms of respiratory disease to help prevent the spread of the disease to others or by those caring for the sick at home or in a health care facility.
The CDC does not recommend facemasks as a source of prevention for those who are well. Instead, follow the prevention recommendations listed above.
When to See a Doctor
While coronavirus is serious, most patients experience only mild illness. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
If you are not feeling well and have traveled outside of the U.S. in the last 21 days or have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled outside of the U.S. in the last 14 days, call your doctor before seeking care. If you don’t have a primary care physician, you may contact Dr. Robert Pepper of Morgan Physician Services at 706-438-1275.
Your doctor will work with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
For travel updates and information, see CDC’s specific travel guidelines or the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisories.
For up-to-date information about coronavirus in Georgia, see Georgia Department of Public Health’s website or contact DPH at 866-PUB-HLTH.
The office of Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health are working with the Georgia Hospital Association to respond to media inquiries regarding COVID-19. Members of the media are encouraged to contact GHA Vice President Anna Adams at 706-512-2211.