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Cullman Regional Update

4-28

*Data is current as of 5/29/2020 -- 9:00 AM CST

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance

*Data is received from Cullman Regional, Alabama Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control

  • Total cases: 1,698,523
  • Total deaths:100,446
  • States reporting cases: 55 (50 states, including D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and US Virgin Islands)
  • Number of Cases in Alabama: 16,554 out of 206,757  tested 
  • Number of Cases in Cullman County: 96 out of 2,662 tested 

Number of Tests done by Cullman Regional as of 5/27:

 Total Number of Tests Given: 969
 Total Positive Tests: 24
 Total Negative Tests: 899
 Total Pending Test Results: 46*
* high number of pending results is due to the holiday weekend.

COVID-19: Alabama at a Glance

  • Take extra precautions & avoid large gatherings & prevent the spread of germs
  • Stay at home and practice social distancing when you must go out for necessary supplies (maintain 6-ft distance from anyone outside of your immediate family at all times)

 1% Age 0-4
 12% Age 5-24
 40% Age 25-49
 24% Age 50-64
 23% of positives are age 65+
 560 patients are in ICU: 4%
 334 patients are on a ventilator: 2%
 925 work in a long-term care facility: 6%
 1,517 residents in long-term care facility: 10%
 2,039 healthcare workers: 13%

As information is given to the Chamber, we will continue to update this page regularly to ensure that the public has the most up to date information.

COVID-19 Overview

We understand that many are concerned about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it means if you were to get it. Most people who get the virus do not require hospitalization and can recover at home with symptomatic treatment. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. If you feel sick but can manage at home, stay home to help prevent the spreading of germs to others.

If your symptoms become unmanageable, call ahead. You can contact your primary care provider, Cullman Regional Urgent Care or Emergency Department. If you are concerned and have questions about COVID-19 and what you should do, you can call Cullman Regional’s COVID-19 information Line at (256) 735-5530.

Hospital Visitation

Cullman Regional is implementing REVISED Visitation Restrictions for patients effective immediately. Visitation restrictions include:

  • All Visitors MUST sign in at the Main Lobby Desk inside the Main Hospital Entrance.
  • Visitors with any respiratory illness will be given masks at the main entry desk.
  • All access into the hospital from Professional Office Buildings 1 & 2 will be badge access ONLY beginning at 6 am on 3/17/2020.
  • No visitors under the age of 16, even when an adult is with them. Cullman Regional will make exceptions for extraordinary circumstances which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • No more than two visitors at a time per patient.
  • No visits for patients with suspected or positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Visitation Hours will remain as 6 am until 8 pm.
  • Visitors will be required to sanitize hands when entering the hospital and when entering and exiting any patient rooms.
  • Anyone who has a fever, cough, body aches or sore throat should stay away from the facility unless they are seeking treatment.

Cullman Regional COVID-19 Call Center

In order to help calm the fears of the community and help answer any questions or concerns community members have regarding COVID-19 in our community, Cullman Regional has set up a Call Center.

 

The Call Center will be manned from 8 am until 10 pm each day and serve as a first-line response in assisting patients get care or provide self-care at home.  The Call Center number can be accessed outside of the organization by calling (256) 735-5530 or any callers can be transferred to the Call Center by dialing ext. 5530

COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

We understand that COVID-19 and the situational hurdles that it has brought have given employers hard decisions to make when it comes to their employees. Cullman Regional has complied a guidance sheet for employers when making decisions for their personnel in the workplace. Click here to see Cullman Regional's Guidance for Employers.

Cullman Regional Current Situation

 1 positive patients, 27 patients who are awaiting test results.
 Cullman Regional does not currently have any staff with a positive COVID-19 test.
 Cullman Regional has received and administered the new FDS approved drug, Remdesivir for appropriate patients.

Cullman Regional Visitation & Social Distancing Recommendations:

Cullman Regional continues to be vigilant in protecting patients in our facility.
 No Visitors Allowed – patients are allowed 1 caregiver unless they have a positive COVID-19 test or suspected positive COVID-19 test pending.
 Patients can have up to 1 caregiver with them at all times during their hospitalization unless the patient is suspected to have COVID-19 or has a positive COVID-19 result.
 All Staff/Visitors are now required to wear a Surgical Mask when entering the facility. Homemade masks are allowed and appropriate for all visitors and non-clinical staff. Staff should discuss use of homemade masks with their directors if they have questions or concerns.
 Daily Temperature checks are required for anyone entering the facility. All physicians and clinical staff who are caring for patients in the hospital will receive a colored sticker to display on their badge to indicate they have had their temperature checked. Stickers will only be given out at the Main Hospital entrance to clinical staff caring for patients in the hospital. Colors for stickers change daily and must be updated each day.
 Community Members are encouraged to follow all current recommendations regarding social distancing, including:
o Maintaining a six-foot distance from anyone outside of your household
o Wear mask when you are unable to maintain a 6-ft. distance from others outside of your immediate household.

You think you need to be tested – what's next?

If someone has a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath and thinks they need to be tested, they should do one of the following:

 Call their primary care provider office – many offices are now offering telemedicine visits that might allow for pre-screening over the phone.

 For patients without a primary care provider, Cullman Regional offers the following:
o FREE COVID-19 Virtual Care Screening: This is a free screening available through Cullman Regional’s Virtual Care tool. Visit www.CullmanRegional.com/virtualcare to access this service.
o Cullman Regional Urgent Care: Now offering Car Check in: When you arrive, Text CRMCUC to 256-242-5885 to check-in from your car. You will receive a text when we have a room ready for you. Urgent Care is open Mon-Friday, 9 am – 7 pm, Sat. & Sun. 9 am – 5 pm. Learn more at www.CullmanRegionalCheckin.com
o Cullman Regional Emergency Department: Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath, please call 9-1-1 or head to the Emergency Dept. Call (256) 737-2904and our staff will meet you with a mask outside of the entrance.
o Cullman County Health Department Testing: Tests on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-3:30 pm. Call for Appointment: (256) 734-1030, Referral from Physician recommended, testing is free and will be done for patients who meet the current criteria.

COVID-19 Antibody Test

Cullman Regional is now offering the COVID-19 Antibody test for patients. The test is currently being sent to the hospital’s reference lab, Mayo Medical Laboratories. As with most information regarding COVID-19, there is still much unknown about this test and what it means. Cullman Regional has developed the attached educational information sheet to help providers and patients understand what the test may mean and doesn’t mean.
COVID-19 antibody tests can be ordered through the Cullman Regional Outpatient Lab by physicians or is offered in the following Cullman Regional clinics:
 Cullman Regional Urgent Care
 Cullman Regional Family & Internal Medicine
 Cullman Regional Family Care South
Information is available by visiting CullmanRegional.com

Opening Up For Elective Procedures

Cullman Regional is NOW OPEN for elective/outpatient testing/procedures. Cullman Regional created a video to help explain new safety processes to help the community feel safe. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/pUIhoQMrmeM.

We have developed some new processes for outpatients, including:
All outpatient testing/procedure registration will now be done one of two ways:
1. Pre-registration by phone
2. Pre-registration online prior to testing appointment by visiting www.CullmanRegional.com/reg

 All patients who have elective procedures/tests scheduled will now enter through our Outpatient entrance behind POB 1. All patients will be required to wear a mask (homemade masks are fine) and have their temperature checked prior to entering. Patients are asked to come along unless they need a caregiver’s assistance.

 All Cullman Regional Medical Group clinics will do car check-in for patients or will do registration in patient rooms. No patients will be waiting in lobby areas at any of our clinic offices.

 Patients for Outpatient Lab, Pre-Admission Testing and Rehab will enter through Professional Office Building 1 lobby to have their temperature checked and get a mask.
 Urgent Care will now offer car check-in only for patient arrival. Patients will be brought into the facility when their room is ready.
 Imaging Center patients will be checked in through car check-in also.
 Outpatient Pharmacy now has designated parking spots for curbside pick-up.
 During this time, we are discouraging walk-in patients. Any patients who need an X-ray need to have the physician office call scheduling at (256) 737-2667 prior to sending the patient over.
 All ultrasounds have to be scheduled through Scheduling (256) 737-2667 – patients cannot be sent over as a walk-in for an ultrasound.
These processes have been implemented in order to limit close contact patient interaction.

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