The information and guidelines below are based on information and guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

COVID-19 SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Symptoms have been reported as ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are having trouble breathing, experience pain in your chest, are confused, or have bluish lips or face, get medical attention immediately by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency department.

Click below for the CDC's Cornavirus Self-Check Tool! 

Coronavirus Self-Check Tool

WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I MAY HAVE COVID-19?

Unless symptoms are severe, it is recommended that you stay home and avoid close contact with others.

If you develop a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19
OR
If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and have recently traveled from an area known to have active COVID-19 activity, please follow these recommendations:

CALL AHEAD TO YOUR PROVIDER, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OR CLINIC TO DISCUSS YOUR SYMPTOMS TO DETERMINE IF YOU SHOULD BE TESTED.

Be prepared to note symptoms, travel history, or if you were exposed to a person diagnosed with the virus.

You may also call the

Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus Public Information Hotline

877-857-2945

(available 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily)

Note: Some people are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, including:

  • Older adults
  • Patients with chronic health conditions such as diabetes; lung, kidney or heart diseases; as well as patients who smoke
  • Patients with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy of taking certain types of medications

Patients with these higher risk conditions who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact their provider immediately.


VISITORS TO CRMC

For the safety of our patients, community and staff, NO VISITORS will be allowed in the facility except for: 

  • The Birthing Center: one designated visitor (the visitor will have to sign in and receive an ID band)
  • Surgery: one designated visitor for outpatient surgery
  • Emergency Department: one parent or guardian for children under age 18
  • End of Life: visitors determined on a case-by-case basis by nursing unit coordinator

Visitors already in-house at 7:00 p.m., March 20, 2020, will have until noon tomorrow to exit the medical center. 

CRMC encourages families to stay updated with their hospitalized loved ones via phone with calling and texting as well as video apps like FaceTime.

DESIGNATE ONE FAMILY MEMBER TO BE THE PATIENT CONTACT

The patient or family should designate one contact person within the family for patient updates. The patient’s nurse will call that contact person daily with an update between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CRMC asks family members and caregivers refrain from calling the nursing unit for information unless it is an emergency.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AT THIS TIME.

Inpatient Rehabilitation – NO VISITORS permitted at this time. 

VISITOR SCREENING: 

  • Those visitors allowed in the medical center will be screened before being allowed to visit patients.
  • Screening will consist of a list of questions to determine risk of illness.

Inpatients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

  • No visitors will be allowed for adult patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • One designated visitor will be allowed for patients who are under 18 or who are dependent adults living with parents. The designated visitor must remain in the room. A guest tray will be provided for meals.

*ALL VISITORS MUST BE 16 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

LIMITED ENTRY POINTS FOR THE PUBLIC - EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, MARCH 15

Only three entrances will remain open for entry by the general public:

  • Main Entrance (North Tower)
  • East Entrance
  • ED Entrance

(The Cancer Center entrance will remain open for Cancer Center patients only. No other visitors may access the hospital from that entrance.)

Employees will still be able to enter in the East Entrance, North Tower Main Entrance, West Entrance and Loading Dock Entrance with their badge. 

Change in Elective Procedures

We have carefully evaluated the CDC and CMS guidance, readiness of our facility, personnel, capacity and supply availability, and assessed community transmission within our region.
 As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020, we will alter our approach to what is known as “elective care”. CRMC will defer all elective surgeries and procedures.
 
Elective means “scheduled”, as opposed to emergency. It does not mean the care isn’t important. In fact, much of our elective care cannot be delayed and needs to be done “on schedule”.
 
The medical staff will be following guidelines. If the procedure can wait for more than 8 weeks, it should be delayed. If delaying a procedure for more than 8 weeks will be detrimental to a patient’s health, those procedures will continue as planned. Decisions remain the responsibility of the physician who has direct responsibility to their patients. 
 

Outpatient Pharmacy 

CRMC Outpatient Pharmacy customers, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve we want to make sure to keep serving you!

Outpatient Pharmacy will now bring your medication to you! Simply park and call 931-783-2552 and will be happy to deliver your medications outside to you!

Hours of operations: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Outpatient Services and Classes On Hold  

Out of an abundance of caution for our patients, staff and visitors, we have placed several outpatient services and classes on hold. These include:

  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab
  • Community Events and CPR First Aide Classes
  • Workplace and Industry Health Fairs 
  • Diabetes and Nutrition Education classes
  • Support Groups
  • Sleep Center
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Orthopedic Joint Replacement education classes

WAYS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND AVOID GETTING SICK

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of this illness.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice “social distancing” by avoiding large crowds, gatherings and events. Keep at least six feet away others when possible.
  • Boost your immune system – get a good night’s sleep; eat a well-balanced diet; and exercise.

WHAT IF I HAVE POSSIBLE OR CONFIRMED COVID-19? HOW DO I PROTECT THOSE WHO LIVE WITH ME?

The CDC recommends the following things to manage your health at home.

If you have possible or confirmed COVID-19:

  • Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  • Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding
  • Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.

For any additional questions about your care, contact your healthcare provider or state or local health department.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. 

For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Decisions remain the responsibility of the physician who has direct responsibility to their patients.