Message to the Community about COVID-19 from Piedmont Newnan
Local community members:
At Piedmont, the safety and wellness of our patients, staff and community are our highest priority. Our staff is working around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to take care of the community, and we are redeploying staff to various areas of the hospital where they can assist. We have implemented a no-visitor policy to keep those who do not need care out of the hospital. We have also set-up a mobile assessment unit as an extension of our emergency department and are ready to handle an increase in patients if needed. We hope it will not be needed, but we are prepared if it is.
Based on current projection models, over the next week, we will experience a surge of COVID-19 patients requiring care which will stress our healthcare system and put a strain on our resources. We must all take action now to do our part.
During this time, it is important that we are all doing our part to practice social distancing to stop the spread of this virus. COVID-19 can impact anyone and some peoples’ immune systems can not fight the battle without medical intervention. Piedmont Newnan continues to see many patients who are very sick from the virus, requiring the use of a ventilator to breathe, and they require many weeks of care and recovery after. I know it is hard to be isolated, but the sooner we all do our part, the faster this virus will go away.
If you do have to go out of your house for essential needs, it is important to protect yourself as much as possible, by following CDC recommendations to maintain a six-foot distance, practice respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene and take environmental action.
For answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, please visit piedmont.org.
We thank everyone in the community who has reached out with kind words and donations to help our healthcare workers during this pandemic. You remind us that we are not alone and give us strength to keep pushing ourselves. Remember to stay positive. We will all get through this together.
CEO, Piedmont Newnan Hospital