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COVID-19 Testing at Tanner

On-demand screening for COVID-19 is not available at this time. There is a limited availability of kits, limited laboratory capacity to process tests and a limited workforce of healthcare professionals who can collect the samples.

To conserve resources, Tanner is following CDC guidelines on testing.

Testing Update at Tanner

We are testing people who:

  • Are symptomatic and are being admitted to the hospital.

    This measure is part of our infection prevention protocols to limit any possible spread of the virus among our patients and staff. We use isolation measures for any patient who has Coronavirus-19 symptoms until test results are available, just as we would any other communicable disease. If the patient tests positive, the protective measures will already be in place to limit exposure and deliver care.

  • Are symptomatic and part of a high-risk population.

    Individuals who are symptomatic and who have conditions that make them more likely to experience severe illness may also be screened. Older adults and people with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or lung disease may receive a screening in consultation with a healthcare professional. It’s important that these people also avoid situations where they may come into unnecessary contact with someone who is sick — including unnecessary trips to a hospital emergency department.

  • Are at the greatest risk of exposure.

    If you have traveled in the past 14 days or been around someone who has traveled in the past 14 days and who has been sick, there’s a greater risk that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Self-isolate and, if symptoms develop, contact your healthcare professional.

Enhanced Screening and Testing

As is often the case in health care, screening is one of our best tools for keeping ourselves safe.

We are screening visitors upon arrival at each of our facilities. We are contacting patients prior to their appointments and asking screening questions over the phone. We’re working with our laboratory partners to expedite laboratory tests we’ve collected from our patients. We’re providing new outpatient testing options for our physicians to better serve their patients. And our clinical staff, environmental services staff and others with patient contact are required to submit a self-assessment that ensures they are not symptomatic for COVID-19.

These measures will help us find — and respond to — COVID-19.

If you are sick or think you’ve been exposed, you may not need a test.

Take precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus. Self-isolate within your home, don’t leave and contact your medical provider for further instructions.

However, if you are very sick, you should seek medical attention. Call your medical provider.

If you experience problems breathing, bluish lips or face, persistent pain or pressure in your chest or other severe symptoms, call 911. Be sure to tell the dispatcher that you think you may have COVID-19 so the EMS workers responding can take proper precautions to limit their exposure.

You don’t need a positive COVID-19 test to self-isolate.

If you think you may have COVID-19, take preventive measures now to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community. Read the CDC’s latest guidelines.

You can also find advice on caring for yourself at home.

Publicly Reporting Positive Tests

We will report any positive COVID-19 test results to the Georgia Department of Public Health or Alabama Department of Public Health, which are tracking the virus within their states. Each agency is keeping a running tally of positive cases listed by county:

The states will be the most reliable source for accurate information on if — and to what extent — COVID-19 is active within your community.

In the spirit of transparency, we also are committed to sharing information with our community. You can see the most current count of COVID-19 tests on Tanner COVID-19 Updates.

For the latest information, subscribe to our Coronavirus 2019 Update newsletter.

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