Lakeland CEO gives update

HALEYVILLE - Lakeland Community Hospital CEO Ashley Pool provided an update to the community Monday evening regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Lakeland's response, including news regarding the outcome of COVID-19 tests done at the hospital.

"The staff at Lakeland Community Hospital is incredibly grateful for the support and donations received from our community partners, especially during this time of critically low supplies.  We are also thankful for the kindness shown as we follow Governor Kay Ivey's proclamation to have no visitors at the hospital.  The sacrifices you are making will protect the most vulnerable of our community.  

"I'd like to update you on our preparation for caring for those affected by COVID-19.  We are staying abreast of current CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines.  I'd like to pass along some information about our hospital, as well as some new information we just received from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

 *   No confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Winston County
 *   We are well prepared to care for patients with COVID-19
    *   7 tested for COVID-19; 5 are negative, 2 are pending;
    *   6 negative pressure rooms;
    *   6 ventilators;
    *   4 ICU beds;
    *   Fully staffed Emergency Department;
    *   Fully staffed Med-Surg Unit;

As I mentioned, we have just received changes from ADPH criteria for testing:

 *   The patient is symptomatic with, at minimum (measured or subjective fever OR cough OR shortness of breath, and
 *   The patient is hospitalized, or
 *   The patient is immunocompromised or has co-morbidities, or
 *   The patient  is  65 years or older, or
 *   The patient is a healthcare worker, or
 *   The patient is associated with a long-term healthcare facility.

Again, thank you for your continued support of our hospital.  Stay in, stay well, and wash your hands!

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