Dear Community and Business Leaders:
As of April 6, 2020, we now have a testing site at our Meadows Building, 543 West Church Street, Swainsboro, GA. This testing site requires the patient to first contact their local Primary Care Physician. All of our Clinics in Emanuel County have the option of Telemedicine visit over the phone or computer which will include a screening of symptoms. If the Physician foresees the patient should be tested, an order will be written to test the patient. The patient will then be given an appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will need to report to our testing site. As a reminder, our physicians are able to handle a wide array of services via telemedicine, which allows one to never leave home.
According to the CDC and DPH guidelines, the best practice is not to send a family member or employee to the Emergency Room for testing. If you suspect that you or a loved one or employee has been exposed to coronavirus, and you are showing correlating symptoms of COVID-19, please take these measures.
Unless you are experiencing a health emergency and need immediate health intervention, do not go to an emergency room. Call your primary care physician’s office to discuss your symptoms and your possible exposure. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Be prepared to treat the common symptoms of COVID-19, which includes fever, cough, and possible respiratory congestion. Be sure to remain hydrated, drinking plenty of liquids. Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain electrolytes that are effective in combating dehydration.
Thank you for your continued support to our community and hospital. Emanuel Medical Center and our physician offices are committed to caring for our community. We are pleased to now be able to test all patients that meet the criteria of COVID-19 testing guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 478-289-1100 and ask for Administration.
Damien Scott, CEO