The Coastal Health District is assisting the Southeast Georgia Health System with guidance and employee monitoring after a patient at the hospital campus in Camden County tested positive for COVID-19. The hospital was notified of the presumptive positive case late Tuesday evening by the Georgia Department of Public Health. The test result is considered presumptive until the CDC completes a confirmatory test. The patient is a resident of neighboring Charlton County.
The hospital has notified team members who may have had prolonged close contact to the patient. These team members will remain at home, and the Coastal Health District will assist in monitoring the employees for symptoms of COVID-19. The hospital is also notifying patients who may have had contact with the affected patient.
In a statement released today by Southeast Georgia Health System, administrators assure the public that the hospital is still safe for patients, visitors and team members. The statement reads: “We have the facilities and the expertise to care for patients suspected of having an infectious disease while protecting the safety of all of our patients, visitors and team members. Both acute care campuses have negative pressure isolation rooms with specialized ventilation systems and our caregivers use personal protective equipment when necessary.”