Sumner Regional Medical Center Emergency Department clarifies criteria for Covid-19 evaluation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sumner Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours, 7 days each week to evaluate and treat community members that have emergency medical needs. To better serve our community during the Covid-19 pandemic, some daytime in-car evaluations are being conducted on possible Covid-19 patients to minimize the risk of infection to other ER patients, as well as our staff and physicians. 

Every patient is evaluated as an ER patient, and a test for Covid-19 is ordered at the discretion of the treating physician, based on their evaluation.

There are many non-emergency Covid-19 testing sites throughout Middle Tennessee. To ensure the fastest results for the most urgent patients, those who have no symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested (due to a potential exposure or request for testing by employer) may be referred to these non-emergency locations for Covid-19 testing. A list of community locations that provide non-emergency Covid-19 testing is provided by the Tennessee Department of Health, at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.

If you believe you have been exposed to Covid-19 but have no symptoms, you should quarantine yourself for 14 days. If symptoms appear (fever, cough, shortness of breath), seek medical evaluation at a physician’s office or emergency department.

For more information on what to do if you think you have been exposed to Covid-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html. For more information on SRMC’s actions to keep our community safe during Covid-19, visit https://www.mysumnermedical.com/covid-19.

Sumner Regional Medical Center remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting and advancing our community’s health. Everyone working together to follow health guidelines can slow the spread of Covid-19 in Tennessee.

About Sumner Regional Medical Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center, is a progressive 167-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn.  It is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System and offers a wide range of services including emergency, diagnostic, surgical, women’s, pediatric and rehabilitative services. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and features an accredited Chest Pain Center, Primary Stroke Center, Level III Trauma Center and an accredited Cancer Center.  For more information about Sumner Regional Medical Center, visit www.MySumnerMedical.com.

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