NORCROSS, Ga., March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PruittHealth can confirm that a PruittHealth – Palmyra resident in Albany, Georgia was isolated and tested for COVID-19. Although the resident is asymptomatic, the test was confirmed presumptive positive for COVID-19. The organization is awaiting formal confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been in contact with the resident's family, physician, and local health department.
PruittHealth is closely monitoring other residents currently experiencing symptoms at the facility and has notified all staff and residents. Upon displaying symptoms, residents were immediately isolated and proper protective equipment was issued to further safeguard the residents and partners. PruittHealth has escalated its internal Alert Code to Red for this facility and implemented its enhanced infection control protocols, including increasing cleaning frequency, postponing communal activities, ceasing visitation, and screening staff and residents daily.
Additionally, the facility will further restrict staff to only essential personnel and new admissions will cease. Only those who have been trained in infection control protocols developed by public health officials to identify the first signs of COVID-19 are permitted to work in the facility. PruittHealth continues to communicate to staff that they should avoid contact with those who are sick and consult with a physician if they do not feel well.
PruittHealth will continue to monitor the issue and its effects, while following the latest public health guidance. The organization's Emergency Operations Center team of dedicated health care professionals is available 24 hours a day if you have questions. Call 855-742-5983 for more information.
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