SRMC Emergency Department clarifies criteria for Covid-19 evaluation

July 10, 2020

Sumner Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours, 7 days each week to evaluate and treat community members that have emergency medical needs. To better serve our community during the Covid-19 pandemic, some daytime in-car evaluations are being conducted on possible Covid-19 patients to minimize the risk of infection to other ER patients, as well as our staff and physicians.

Every patient is evaluated as an ER patient, and a test for Covid-19 is ordered at the discretion of the treating physician, based on their evaluation.

There are many non-emergency Covid-19 testing sites throughout Middle Tennessee. To ensure the fastest results for the most urgent patients, those who have no symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested (due to a potential exposure or request for testing by employer) may be referred to these non-emergency locations for Covid-19 testing.

A list of community locations that provide non-emergency Covid-19 testing is provided by the Tennessee Department of Health, at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.

If you believe you have been exposed to Covid-19 but have no symptoms, you should quarantine yourself for 14 days. If symptoms appear (fever, cough, shortness of breath), seek medical evaluation at a physician’s office or emergency department.

For more information on what to do if you think you have been exposed to Covid-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html. For more information on SRMC’s actions to keep our community safe during Covid-19, visit https://www.mysumnermedical.com/covid-19.

Sumner Regional Medical Center remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting and advancing our community’s health. Everyone working together to follow health guidelines can slow the spread of Covid-19 in Tennessee.