Coronavirus – COVID 19 Information
For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website or DPH website links below -
Latest Update (July 16, 2020)
As of today, July 16th, Union General Health Systems is currently experiencing a significant surge of COVID-19 related visits. For the safety of our patients, community, and staff, we will be temporarily halting visitation within our facilities again. While we understand the importance of family presence to the well-being of our patients, we feel like this is necessary at this time. We will do our best to accommodate virtual visits and phone calls to help ease the stress of not being with your loved ones during this time. Our OB patients will still be allowed to have one support person.
Union General Health Systems will continue to operate normally to provide needed care to our community, including elective procedures as long as we have the capacity to do so. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We are forever grateful for your continued prayers and support and all that our community has done for us over the last few months. We do still have a need for mask donations as we deal with this prolonged crisis. Thank you for your trust in allowing us to meet your healthcare needs.
As a reminder, you can do your part to stop the spread of this virus and help keep our community safe and well by:
- Staying home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Practice social distancing. Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others outside your home.
- Wear a face mask when in public.
Union General Hospital is providing notice to the public that it received its first report of a positive case of COVID-19 that is being cared for as an inpatient at our facility. This individual was admitted late during the evening of Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The patient was isolated in accordance with CDC and CMS guidance. The treatment plan has been implemented and is being monitored by the physicians.
Union General Hospital has been continuously preparing through its emergency operations plan for the likelihood of a COVID-19 patient. Our team has evaluated the hospital’s supplies, its cleaning processes, its staff and its capacity to ensure safe and effective care to patients. At this time, all suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are being treated in a designated unit away from our OB Unit and regular Med/Surg Unit in an effort to physically separate the patients. Union General Hospital maintains an experienced and well-qualified medical staff with quality facilities and equipment.
Union General Hospital will continue to evaluate any CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance as this public and national emergency continues to unfold. Union General Hospital’s team, including the healthcare providers and first responders, are available to provide high quality and comprehensive healthcare to our neighbors in our region.
AS A REMINDER:
In response to the Blairsville City Council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Ordinance, Union General Health System will no longer perform elective procedures/diagnostic testing, until further notice. The decision to perform procedures will be on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the patient’s physician, based on the needs of the patient.
*If you have a procedure or diagnostic testing that has already been scheduled, you will be contacted by the hospital if it needs to be postponed or rescheduled.
For the safety and well-being of our patients and staff, Union General Hospital and Chatuge Regional Hospital, are currently on lockdown. All doors are locked and will remain locked except the Main Entrance/Emergency Room Entrance at Union General Hospital and the Emergency Room Entrance at Chatuge Regional Hospital. No visitors will be allowed until further notice.
If you need treatment at either facility, a wellness screening will be performed. A series of questions will be asked and your temperature will be taken. If you have a fever and respiratory symptoms and have traveled within a widespread affected area within the past 14 days, or had exposure to someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case, please ask for a mask immediately.
All Union General Health System affiliated facilities have taken COVID-19 precautions. Some of these include, the Union County Nursing Home and Chatuge Regional Nursing Home are no longer allowing any visitors into their facility to help protect the health of their residents. The Union General Wellness Center and Union General Hospital Suches Clinic have closed indefinitely to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Effective immediately - Union General Health System has designated certain clinics as either sick clinics or well clinics. Union General Family Medicine has been designated as a sick clinic seeing both sick children and sick adults, Union General Pediatrics has been designated as a well clinic only performing well-child visits and the Union General Hospital Young Harris Clinic has been designated as a well clinic only performing well-adult visits.