ConnectLocal received confirmation last night, April 8, that a patient at PruittHealth – Toccoa has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and was transferred for hospital care.
(Edited 1:00 p.m., April 9 to correct clerical errors - ConnectLocal makes every attempt to be accurate and professional in presenting the news needed. I check, and recheck, every fact I publish and stand by the accuracy of information I publish. However, as has been pointed out, I sometimes make clerical errors..Including, in this instance, a regrettable misspelling in two uses of the company's name... I make no excuses, but promise to try and proof work better before posting!)
“The patient’s family has been informed, and out of respect for the situation, we will not be commenting further on their condition,” advised the PruittHealth's Communications Department. “Out of an abundance of caution, we notified all employees and patients recently in contact with this individual and recommended they contact a physician and self-quarantine. Additionally, we have engaged in techniques to optimize our medical supply chain. This includes increasing the stock of food, supplies, and medication to ensure the quality of care our patients deserve.”
Under the company’s safety protocols, the Alert Code for the Toccoa facility has been escalated to Red, indicating that “nonessential personnel are banned from the location and no new admissions are allowed,” according to the Communications Department. "PruittHealth is continuing to follow guidance from public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We will continue to monitor the issue and its effects on our community as we follow the latest public health guidance.”
Any employee, patient, or family member with questions is instructed to contact the facility's Emergency Operations Center at (855) 742-5983 and to visit PruittHealth.com. for updates and more information on the company’s disease protocols.
ConnectLocal provided as set of questions regarding the company’s COVID-related protocols and information on past testing of facility patients and staff, and was advised that the company is currently working with the Georgia Department of Public Health and other public health officials to ensure accurate answers to the questions provided. ConnectLocal will update this story as information becomes available.
Under Executive Orders enacted today by Gov. Brian Kemp, facilities such as PruittHealth – Toccoa now fall under the jurisdiction and control of the GDPH.