COVID-19 Update from St. Francis-Emory Healthcare

November 17, 2020

St. Francis-Emory Healthcare has established a regular update by Dr. Brandon Dawson, Medical Director of Emergency Services, to share information with the public related to COVID-19 including the status of hospital operations and the safety measures being taken to protect our patients, staff and community. These updates are delivered approximately every two weeks by Dr. Dawson and are available on the hospital’s social media channel and website.

As of November 17, 2020:
As reported by the Department of Public Health, cases of COVID-19 increased in Muscogee County through July, but decreased in August, September, October and into November. Currently, St. Francis is treating fewer than twenty patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our hospital.

St. Francis continues to take all the necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, including limiting entry points to the facility, screening all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19, universal masking, maintaining a restricted visitation protocol and cleaning and sanitizing all patient rooms and patient areas.

St. Francis reminds the public to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene, and wearing a mask or face covering while in public. As our community continues to fight against COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for us to be proactive about our health. We encourage all individuals who are able to get a flu vaccination.

For additional information about the hospital’s preparation and response to COVID-19 and how to stay safe during the flu season and holidays, visit the Coronavirus Preparedness page located at MyStFrancis.com.