Today, Unity Medical Center was informed that “we conducted testing on a patient that has testing positive for COVID-19.”
Protocols in places allowed Unity staff to test the patient in an outside structure without entering the facility, Unity officials stated.
Unity’s full statement
Unity Medical Center has protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and we are working diligently to help ensure we’re prepared for potential issues related to COVID-19. Today, Unity Medical Center was notified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that we conducted testing on a patient who tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately activated protocols for handling COVID-19 cases. The protocols in place allowed Unity staff to test the patient in at outside structure without entering the facility. After speaking with the provider, it is reported that the patient is self-isolating at home and reports that they are doing well. Unity Medical Center will continue following precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, colleagues and visitors.
In addition, as we often do during heavy influenza outbreaks, visitor restrictions have been instituted. We are not allowing visitors inside of the hospital and have reduced entry to one set of doors, located at the Emergency Department. All employees and patients will be screened prior to entry to the facility. We have positioned supplies at this point of entry, so that any potential symptomatic patient who arrives can be properly masked and immediately isolated to protect our colleagues and other patients.
We continue to reinforce infection prevention protocols and work in partnership with The Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC. We will provide updates to our hospital and medical staff as necessary.