COVID-19 Daily Update – March 19, 2020

Confirmed Cases

Per the Tennessee Department of Health, there are currently 154 cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee counties: (two cases in Knox, one case in Campbell, one in Cheatham, one in Cumberland, 75 cases in Davidson, one case in Dyer, one case in Hamilton, one case in Jefferson, one case in Montgomery, two cases in Robertson, one case in Rutherford, one case in Sevier, four cases in Shelby, one case in Sullivan, three cases in Sumner, 30 cases in Williamson, one case in Wilson, 26 residents from other states or countries, and one case from an unknown origin).

Limited Access and Visitor Screening

As a reminder, we are restricting entry into our hospitals to screen everyone for travel history, fever, or respiratory symptoms. We are also limiting hospital visitors to one person, age 18 years and older, per patient.

Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

We will temporarily close cardiac rehab beginning Friday, March 20 and evaluate reopening in two weeks. During this time, we will contact our patients weekly by phone to coach patients in weight management, blood pressure management, home exercise, and symptom management. Any significant concerns we identify during our phone conversations will be communicated with the referring physicians. All inpatient cardiac services will continue as usual.

Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center

We will temporarily close the fitness center tonight, March 19 at 8 a.m. We hope to reopen soon and will follow CDC guidance regarding group gatherings to determine when it will be safe for our members and employees to reopen. We know staying fit is important to you, especially during stressful times like we are experiencing now. To help you in your fitness journey, we are posting videos of our group fitness classes and workouts by our trainers on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Prenatal Classes

To protect our pregnant mothers and staff, we are temporarily canceling our prenatal classes. Here is a great link for educational information about all stages of pregnancy: library.covenanthealth.com/Conditions/Pregnancy.

Blood Donations

Medic Regional Blood Center has canceled 63 blood drives due to COVID-19 and are in need of donors. They require temperature checks and wellness screenings of all donors and staff. If you are healthy, please consider donating at one of their four locations in downtown Knoxville, Farragut, Crossville, and Athens. Location information can be found at tndonor.org/donor/schedules/centers.

Certified Nurses Day

Today is Certified Nurses Day, when we celebrate our nurses who have taken the extra steps to enhance their knowledge through advance certification in their areas of expertise. Today more than ever, our patients are counting on us to put them first in everything we do, and we thank our certified nurses for taking this extra step in their education!