COVID 19 Precautions and Information
What is Unity Medical Center doing to keep YOU safe?
When you arrive we have a kiosk that will take your temperature and ask you several questions. You will be prompted to hand sanitize before you begin the process.
If you need assistance with the kiosk someone will help you.
We ask that all visitors wear a mask. We will provide one for you if you do not have a mask.
We have hand sanitizer available for you to use throughout the facility.
We are limiting 1 visitor per patient in all areas.
If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 you can reach out to us through our Infection Prevention Department and we will be glad to answer any questions or concerns.
What is COVID 19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 that can cause very mild to severe respiratory tract infection. It spreads the same way other coronaviruses do. Coronaviruses can cause the common cold to pneumonia. These viruses are spread by person-to-person contact.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 can cause a multitude of signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms that have been documented are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, runny nose, headache, or chest pain.
What should I do if I have these symptoms?
You should call your physician and speak with them on what your best course of action would be based on your symptoms, exposure, and current health.
What if I am having difficulty breathing?
If you are having difficulty breathing it is best you seek medical care immediately.
How long do I quarantine?
If you are positive you must be isolated for a minimum of 10 days after onset and can be released after you are without fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and show improvement in symptoms. Some severely ill patients will need to be isolated for at least 20 days. Cases without symptoms must be isolated 10 days after their specimen collection date.
You must quarantine after close contact with a COVID-19 case according to non-household or household contact guidance. If symptoms develop, all people – regardless of vaccination status – should isolate and be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated. Close contacts may have different requirements if they fall into any of the following groups:
PREVIOUS CASES are not required to quarantine if they meet all the following criteria:
• Had COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
• Have recovered and
• Remain without COVID-19 symptoms
VACCINATED PERSONS are not required to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated (≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of one dose in a single dose vaccine) and have remained asymptomatic since the exposure to COVID-19.
UNVACCINATED PERSONS do not have to quarantine in if they meet all the following criteria:
• Tested antibody-positive within 3 months before or immediately following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
• Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
• Will have limited or no contact with persons at high risk COVID-19 severe illness. This group includes older adults, pregnant people, and those with certain medical conditions (cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease [including COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension], dementia, diabetes (1 or 2), down syndrome, heart conditions [including heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension], HIV infection, immunocompromised state, liver disease, overweight and obesity, sickle cell/thalassemia, smoking (current/former), solid organ or blood stem cell transplant, stroke or cerebrovascular disease, substance use disorders. As such, antibody testing is not appropriate for return to school for exposed students in daycare and k-12 settings
For more information on quarantine guidelines for employees go here.
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID 19?
· Hand wash often
· If you are at work or out in the public social distancing from others
· Wearing a face covering is helpful in preventing the spread
· Getting vaccinated
Where can I get vaccinated?
Contact the Coffee County Health Department in Manchester or Tullahoma and set up a vaccination time.
Also, you can contact your local pharmacies: Marcoms, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Publix, Tullahoma Drug Store are a few that are taking appointments for vaccines.
The following links are sources for more information on COVID 19