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We’re keeping you up-to-speed on COVID-19 and its impact on our region.

Tanner’s Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Response

The novel Coronavirus 2019 — or COVID-19 — is affecting countries and communities around the world.

At Tanner, we’re working with our partners to minimize the disease’s impact on our region and keep our neighbors safe and healthy.

We’re committed to bringing you the latest information on COVID-19 from our own organization, our partners in health care and others throughout our community.

How Tanner is keeping you safe

Planning and preparing for pandemics is part of our mission to keep our neighbors safe.

Our medical staff, nurses, registration staff, environmental services team and others are monitoring CDC and WHO protocols to keep patients and our community healthy, even as COVID-19 continues to spread.

We are meeting with leaders and clinicians daily to review the latest recommendations from the CDC, WHO and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), as well as streamlining operations and staffing to best respond to this threat.

In line with our plans, we have stockpiled medical equipment and other resources to ensure that we’re best able to respond to the needs of our community as this infection unfolds.


Changes you may notice in your care at Tanner

In line with CDC recommendations, we’re screening patients before their appointments, tests, procedures and other medical encounters to ensure they do not have Coronavirus 2019 symptoms.

Before your medical encounter, someone from Tanner may contact you by phone and ask:

  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you have a cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have you traveled in the last 30 days?
  • Have you had contact with someone who is sick and recently traveled?

If you answer “Yes” to the above, please plan to cancel your medical appointment. Notify your primary care doctor of your situation and follow the CDC’s recommendations (.pdf).

I’ve been around someone who’s traveled and now I’m sick — what should I do?

You need to know first that most cases of Coronavirus 2019 are mild, though some serious cases have been found, especially among high-risk populations (pregnant women, people with diabetes, people with kidney disease and others).

Your first call should be to your doctor. Their staff will ask you screening questions over the phone to determine the likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you don’t have a doctor, contact your local public health department (.pdf).

About COVID-19

What is it? Where did it come from? How is COVID-19 different from other viruses like flu?

Safety and Screening

How can I protect myself? What should I do if I think I have COVID-19? How do I get screened?

Public Schools, Events and Travel

What are local schools doing? Should I attend public events? What if I'm planning a trip?

Stay in-the-know

Tanner Health System will send you our weekly Living Well e-newsletter, which included periodic updates on the COVID-19 situation in west Georgia and east Alabama.

Resource Center

The following flyers may be printed and displayed in your businesses, schools, churches and other organizations.

Coronavirus Prevention Flyer in English (pdf)
Coronavirus Prevention Flyer in Spanish (pdf)
CDC Handwashing Flyer (pdf)
CDC Handwashing Flyer in Spanish (pdf)


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