Some Facebook posts on Tuesday caused a stir on Facebook and in the medical community on Tuesday afternoon and evening. A Facebook report spawned phone calls and other conversations among healthcare professionals into Tuesday evening. The official word: No coronavirus cases in Rome/Floyd County and none in Georgia as of Wednesday morning. What is posted at this hour:
“There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at any Redmond facility nor has there been any lockdown.” –Andrea O. Pitts, marketing director.
From Redmond Urgent Care:
“Hello Rome! We understand there may have been some confusion about the coronavirus here in town. To clarify, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Rome. We have not gone into lockdown at either of our locations and are open during our usual hours. We hope that helps calm any concern and wish you all have a safe and happy rest of the week.”
Earlier Redmond Urgent Care post:
Redmond Urgent Care Earlier today, we had a patient who had recently traveled internationally to various airports (not to China) and wanted to be tested as a precaution even though they presented with no significant symptoms.
We contacted the CDC (our standard procedure for situations like this) and reviewed the case with them. They stated that the patient did not meet the criteria for having coronavirus and did not pose any risk.
Hope that helps!
Update from the Georgia Department of Health:
Under the supervision of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), about
200 individuals who have recently returned from China are self-monitoring for symptoms of
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). These travelers arrived in the U.S. from mainland China
outside Hubei Province with no known high-risk exposure. These individuals are
asymptomatic (no symptoms) and are self-isolating at home.
DPH receives a list every day from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with the names of
Georgia travelers coming from China. DPH epidemiologists contact the individuals by phone to
establish a plan for self-monitoring and provide instructions on how to contact DPH before
seeking health care if they develop fever, cough or shortness of breath.
There are no Georgia travelers who have returned from Wuhan or Hubei Province requiring
To slow the potential spread of COVID-19 to the United States, on January 31, President Trump
issued a federal proclamation that included a travel ban for non-U.S. citizens entering the
country from China and funneling flights from China to one of 11 airports in the U.S., including
Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
In addition, the proclamation requires mandatory 14-day quarantine for returning travelers who
have been in the Hubei Province (high risk) and 14 days of supervised self-monitoring for
returning travelers from anywhere else in China (medium risk).
The CDC says the overall risk of coronavirus to the general public is low, but the best way to
prevent infection of any respiratory virus is:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information about coronavirus, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Guidance for travelers can be found
Safety tips from the Georgia Department of Public Health about coronavius:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
What’s posted on the Georgia Department of Public Health about coronavius: