MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WKRN) — Unity Medical Center in Coffee County has received results for nearly one-third of the tests performed for the novel coronavirus and all have been negative, the hospital reported Wednesday.
Unity Medical Center said Wednesday afternoon it tested 33 patients for COVID-19 and ten results had been returned. There were no positive cases, the hospital added.
“Labs are behind 7-12 days in reporting results,” a Unity spokesperson said. “Although they are working to catch up, it’s a difficult task.”
The hospital explained the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health established criteria that must be met before Unity can test a patient for COVID-19:
Symptoms: Fever, coughing and/or difficulty breathing
Priority 1: Symptomatic hospitalized patients, symptomatic healthcare workers
Priority 2: Symptomatic patients in long-term care facilities, symptomatic patients 65 years of age or older, symptomatic patients with underlying conditions, symptomatic first responders
Priority 3: Symptomatic critical infrastructure workers, symptomatic individuals who do not meet the other categories, health care workers and first responders, individuals with mild symptoms in communities experiencing a high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations
If you believe you or a family member needs to be tested, Unity urges you to call your primary care provider or the hospital at 931-450-1730.