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Cullman Regional Update

june 24

*Data is current as of 7/16/2020 -- 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: 3,355,457
  • Total deaths: 135,235
  • Number of Cases in Alabama: 56,441 
  • Number of Cases in Cullman County: 689
  • Number of Cases in Cullman County in the past 14 days: 287

Number of Tests done by Cullman Regional as of 7/14:

 Total Number of Tests Given: 2,122
 Total Positive Tests: 189
 Total Negative Tests: 1,870
 Total Pending Test Results: 63

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)

 2% Age 0-4
 20% Age 5-24
 42% Age 25-49
 20% Age 50-64
 16% of positives are age 65+
 7,123 patients hospitalized 13%
 931 patients are in ICU: 2%
 511 patients are on a ventilator: 1%
 1,867 work in a long-term care facility: 3%
 2,853 residents long-term care facility: 5%
 4,417 healthcare workers: 8%

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.

Cullman Regional Current Situation

 20 positive patients and 7 patients who are waiting test results. 3 patients currently on a ventilator.
 Majority of new cases appear to be through general community spread; therefore, all community members are cautioned to practice safe social distancing recommendations, practice good hand hygiene, and anyone who is sick is asked to stay home in order to avoid infecting others.
 Cullman County has 6 COVID confirmed deaths that have been submitted to ADPH.
 Cullman Regional has received and administered the new FDA approved drug, Remdesivir for appropriate patients.
Increase in hospitalized patients across the state – visual of increase across the State of Alabama. This information can be found on slide 9 of the ADPH Online Dashboard.

 

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 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

Social Distancing in the Community

Due to the continued increase in cases across Cullman County, we encourage all community members to continue to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines, including the following:

  • Maintaining a six-foot distance from anyone outside of your household when you leave home.
  • Wear a mask when you are unable to maintain a 6-ft. distance from others outside of your immediate household.
  • Wash your hands often, especially in public places – water and soap are best, but use 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer when water and soap are unavailable.
  • Practice good hand hygiene: cover your coughs and sneezes, don’t touch your face and wash your hands often.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often.

 

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