COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Maury County Regional Medical Center (MRMC) in Columbia is seeing a rise in cases of COVID-19, according to a press release to the media.
This week, the center set a record with fifty patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Twenty of those patients are in the center’s 26-bed intensive care unit (ICU).
During the past few days, our region has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases. We have consistently seen COVID-19 numbers spike following holidays and the latest climb follows recent fall breaks in our region.Maury Regional Health CEO Alan Watson
Due to the recent spread of the virus, MRMC officials said they will be suspending elective surgical procedures that require an overnight stay for a period of two weeks, effective on Monday, October 26.
After two weeks, officials will re-evaluate this decision.
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Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.
High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.