Williamson Medical Center is once again urging members of the community to continue to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Over the past few weeks, Williamson Medical Center, similarly to other hospitals across the state, has reported a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations. As of last week, Williamson Medical Center’s COVID-19 inpatient census was up roughly 50% from two to three weeks prior, the hospital said in a news release, with a peak of 23 COVID-19 hospitalizations.
“The virus is still very present and spreading in our community,” said Donald Webb, Williamson Medical Center CEO. “We’re encouraging everyone to wear a mask when in public and stay at least 6 feet from others. Together, we can do our part to slow the spread so that Williamson Medical Center and other hospitals in Middle Tennessee can continue serving the needs of all patients.”
Nationwide, hospitals and healthcare facilities are seeing varying implications COVID-19 has had on operations. Currently, blood donations are at a critical low in Williamson County. Blood Assurance, the sole provider of blood products for Williamson Medical Center, is hosting blood drives each Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Bone and Joint Institute parking lot, located at 3000 Edward Curd Lane. To schedule an appointment with Blood Assurance, visit www.bloodassurance.org.
“Each day, we’re learning to overcome new challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic,” Webb said. “We’re seeing patients in more advanced stage illness due to delaying routine care and navigating a nationwide blood shortage, all while cases continue to rise. We’re calling on our community members to help aid in our efforts, including following guidelines to reduce the spread, donating blood and continuing routine healthcare visits.”
Maintaining proper social distancing remains critical to reducing potential spread, the hospital said. The CDC recommends people over 2 years of age wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Proper hygiene should continue to be followed, including washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer when necessary. Frequently touched surfaces, including tables, door knobs, phones, light switches, etc., should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
For those experiencing symptoms, stay isolated at home unless you need to seek emergency care. COVID-19 assessment sites are located throughout Tennessee.
To stay informed about COVID-19, visit www.CDC.gov or call the Tennessee Department of Health patient hotline at 877-857-2945 with questions. To schedule an appointment with a Williamson Medical Center provider, visit www.WilliamsonMedicalCenter.org.