Latest URMC COVID-19 Information

October 202, 2020 – From the desk of Jeff Tarrant, CEO of Upson Regional Medical Center

Below is an updated status report on URMC’s COVID-19 plan preparations and implementation as of today.

Upson County was confirmed to have 829 COVID-19 positive cases as of October 22, 2020. This number reflects the patient’s county of residence and is not an indication of where COVID-19 positive patients may be hospitalized.

Our virtual visit technology with several provider clinics is available. Please use it if a virtual visit with a physician or advanced practice provider will meet your healthcare needs. To schedule a virtual visit, click here.

Our latest COVID-19 updates include the following:

  • In early June when we began relaxing some of our restrictions, we were pleased that Upson County’s 14 day trend for newly diagnosed COVID-19 was in a significant decline. However, over the past several weeks, this declining trend has reversed and now is showing COVID-19 increasing within our Upson County population. The counties that surround Upson show similar trends.
  • Our cafe entrance has been changed to employee entrance with badge access. Our temperature screening kiosk at the cafe entrance has been modified to control the electronic door lock via employee badge.
  • The Upson County Health Department continues to offer drive through COVID-19 testing on our campus every Wednesday morning, and occasional Saturdays. Volumes are still very high for testing and currently, it takes 3-5 days for these Health Department results to come back.
  • Several of our clinic locations offer COVID-19 testing, generally with same day results. These include Upson Family Medical Center Northside, Upson Family Medical Center Southside, Upson Family Physicians Thomaston, Upson Family Physicians Barnesville, Upson Family Physicians Zebulon, and Upson OB/GYN. Appointments are necessary for each location except Northside and Southside Clinics.
  • Screening is being performed on all who are entering our clinics and offices—public, employees, providers, contractors, and others--for exposure history, symptoms, and temperatures.
  • All URMC physician practices are back to full scheduling availability.
  • Hospital visitation is now modified to allow one visitor per patient. All visitors will be screened, masked, and temperature checked upon hospital entry. Visitors will be restricted to the room of the patient they are visiting. No visitation will be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients, or patients under investigation for COVID-19.
  • Visitation hours are from 8am-6pm. The main entrance will stay open until 6pm to better support visitors coming and going. The Emergency Department entrance is open 24/7.
  • Special patient visitation rules apply to ED, OB, ICU, and SilverCare nursing units.
  • Emergency Room visitation – 1 visitor per patient per day. No swapping allowed.
  • OB unit visitation – The patient can designate two visitors who may swap out during visiting hours. Each of these visitors are given an ID arm band. However, only one visitor is allowed at a time. When the visitor arrives at the hospital, a green visiting pass will also be issued. After visiting hours, only one visitor is allowed to stay overnight. PLEASE USE ELEVATOR “C” ONLY!
  • ICU visit visitation – Depending on the volume and illness of the patients, visitation may be periodically halted. The greeter can advise you on whether ICU visitation is allowed. When visitation is permitted, one visitor can visit for 10 minutes only at 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6pm.
  • SilverCare – A patient may have one visitor between 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and one visitor between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on weekends.
  • Periodically, nursing units may further restrict visitation based on patient volume and/or restrictions due to patient illness.
  • No patient visitors under age 18.
  • If you are here to visit a patient, a small green visitor pass will be provided to you that contains the patient’s room number. When you leave, please return the visitor pass to the main lobby (8 am - 6 pm). On weekends, please return it to the ED. No additional visitor will be allowed to enter until your visitor pass has been returned. If you must go outside, please limit your trips to essential tasks only.
  • We have asked our wonderful hospital volunteers to again stay home, as a precautionary measure.
  • We are scheduling all surgeries including elective inpatient surgeries.
  • Our Wellness Center is now open for all members including senior citizens. New spacing requirements and equipment/facility sanitizing procedures are being strictly followed.
  • Our Cardiac Rehab program is open.
  • There is a link accessible on our URMC Home Page that contains real time details of our latest COVID-19 mitigation details.
  • Our cleaning schedules have been changed consistent with CDC and other expert guidance.
  • Processes in the Cherokee Café have been changed consistent with CDC and other expert guidance.
  • There is a weekly COVID-19 operational call to assess the situation, prioritize needs, and establish direction.
  • Appropriate distancing must be maintained at all times—at least 6 feet apart.
  • Isolation masks must be worn when out in public, making sure the mask covers your mouth and nose.
  • Precautions to protect others must be taken when coughing or sneezing.
  • Hands must be washed frequently, with use of sanitizer foams or gels when unable to wash.
  • Group gatherings are discouraged, however must facilitate appropriate distancing when necessary.

Also, a reminder that our clinics are open and absolutely committed to being the resource needed.

The URMC cash price for COVID-19 testing is $115.