Latest COVID-19 Updates from St. Joseph’s/Candler

COVID-19 Cases Identified At Both St. Joseph's Hospital and Candler Hospital

What It Means For The Public

We have been preparing for the potential spread of the virus since it was first identified and our facilities and co-workers are in a state of readiness to care for the sick and help curb its spread. We are following the latest guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Georgia Department of Public Health.

St. Joseph’s/Candler does have visitor restrictions in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our patients.

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, St. Joseph’s/Candler will no longer allow visitors in any inpatient unit, outpatient service or physician office building.  There are a few exceptions.  Labor and Delivery with be allowed one support person. Patients who are minors (Pediatrics and Neonatal ICU) will be allowed one parent and Outpatient Surgery and the Emergency Department will be allowed one family member. All visitors will be screened under those scenarios. 

Security and a clinical screening team will continue to be stationed in the front lobbies at each public entrance including our medical office buildings on campus, Pooler, Buckwalter and the LCRP.

We are also implementing temperature checks on patients for the LCRP locations, Heart and Lung Building and the Professional Office Building.  This may expand to other entrances at a later date.   

Prevention Measures

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least twenty 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.

If you develop fever with cough and shortness of breath or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your symptoms.


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