Gallatin mayor warns next month of COVID-19 pandemic could be ‘catastrophic’


GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown has issued an urgent plea to residents, pleading with them to continue efforts to mitigate COVID-19 as hospitals continue to experience high demand and staff shortages.

Mayor Brown revealed that in a conference call with Sumner County partners, Dr. Lifferth of Sumner Regional announced the next month of the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially be “catastrophic.”

Tennessee, along with the rest of the country is in the midst of a significant second wave of cases as many more people are contracting the coronavirus. More people with the virus result in more transmissions.

Sumner Regional Medical Center is concerned about the increase in cases. Due to high demand for hospital treatment and staff shortages because of mandatory quarantines due to COVID-19, Sumner Regional Medical Center is experiencing significant challenges that will only increase as the amount of cases increases.

With the documented increase in confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in Middle Tennessee, hospitals in our region, including ours, have seen an expected increase in hospitalizations.

Currently, Sumner Regional Medical Center is treating more than 30 patients in our hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19. This number can change rapidly. We monitor hospital capacity within every department each day, closely tracking fluctuations in emergency, acute and critical care areas and regularly reporting our capacity in these areas to the state.

We continue to take all the necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, including limiting entry points to the facility, screening all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19, universal masking, testing all admitted patients and all pre-operative patients for COVID-19, and recently returning to a zero-visitation policy.

Your health care providers at Sumner Regional urge everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, washing your hands regularly, and wearing a mask or face covering while in public.

Dr. Geoff Lifferth, Chief Medical Officer, Sumner Regional Medical Center

“We must work a bit longer to mitigate the spread of this virus,” Mayor Brown said. “Do the things that you know to do to protect yourself and the most vulnerable among us. Our holiday season is affected, but we want our families and our friends to be here to be together when we are able to celebrate.”

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