ATLANTA – A Charlton County person who went to Southeast Georgia Health Systems’ campus in Camden County is one of the Georgia Department of Public Health was awaiting confirmation on of five additional presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus in the state, according to the Coastal Health District.
The other cases announced Tuesday night are one in Fulton County and three in Cobb County. All but one person required hospitalization.
Southeast Georgia Health Systems said a second patient at the Camden campus have not been finalized. Charlton County’s only hospital closed in 2013.
The SGHS announcement said the hospital is working to notify all patients who may have had contact with the affected patient.
“Those individuals should monitor their health closely and if they begin to be symptomatic, they should seek medical care from their primary care provider or the Emergency Care Center. It is recommended that they call in advance of presenting to a medical provider so that precautionary measures can be instituted prior to their arrival,” the hospital said.
It also wanted to assure the public that it is safe to seek care at the Health System’s campuses in either St. Marys or Brunswick.
“We have the facilities and the expertise to care for those patients while protecting the safety of all of our patients, visitors and team members,” the hospital said. “The Camden Campus has negative pressure isolation rooms with specialized ventilation systems and our caregivers use personal protective equipment when caring for any patient suspected of having an infectious disease.”
According to the governor’s office, there are six confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia and 16 presumptive positive cases.
One patient in Georgia to test positive for the new coronavirus has been isolated on the grounds of Hard Labor Creek State Park, the governor’s office said in a separate news release.
The news release said the patient is from Cherokee County and is isolated in a mobile unit. It said that state public health officials determined a specific part of the park would be best suited for isolation as the patient receives treatment. According to the governor’s office, the isolated site is closed to public access and closely monitored 24-7 by state law enforcement. Seven emergency mobile units have been deployed to Hard Labor Creek State Park.
“This site was specifically chosen for its isolation from the general public and ability to house mobile units in the short term,” GEMA Director Homer Bryson said in the statement. The individual was not able to isolate at their primary residence and was not in critical condition requiring any hospital admittance. The park is closed to public access and monitored by state law enforcement 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the statement said.
A worker at a Georgia Waffle House has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting co-workers to quarantine themselves in their homes, company officials said Tuesday.
The Canton Waffle House was temporarily closed starting Monday, said Kelly Thrasher, a spokeswoman for the Norcross, Georgia-based company. She said the company plans to reopen the restaurant on Sunday. The infected employee worked only one day — on March 1 — during the past two weeks and hasn’t since worked at any company restaurant. A total of 12 workers are self-quarantining at home through Saturday, Thrasher said, and are being paid for shifts they were scheduled to work.
For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.
One of the state’s largest school districts — Fulton County Schools — closed all its schools Tuesday and Wednesday after a teacher at two middle schools was found to have COVID-19. According to data kept by Education Week, Fulton County is the largest school district to close nationwide. All of the district’s schools with the exception of two will reopen on Thursday, the district said in a letter to parents.
The KIPP charter school network in metro Atlanta also closed its schools Tuesday. A child care center in Acworth also closed after a worker tested positive, and Cobb County closed a library branch where a worker had contact with a child from the day care.
Two other Georgia school systems told parents that employees had gone into self-quarantine after potential contact.
In Paulding County, west of Atlanta, parents at McGarity Elementary in Hiram were warned Monday that an employee is in self-quarantine after contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Officials said they fumigated the school Sunday.
The Harris County school district, just north of Columbus, announced Tuesday that a middle school teacher had made contact with U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who has self-quarantined because of potential exposure. Collins is seeking a U.S. Senate seat and visited Columbus on Saturday for a Republican Party headquarters opening.
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