TIFTON – Tift Regional Medical Center is no longer on emergency room diversion.
Alex Le, chief operations officer, said in a statement the hospital was originally on ER diversion because it reached maximum capacity.
"Patients needing hospital admission had to remain in our emergency room longer than usual until an inpatient bed became available for assignment," Le said.
Le explained ER diversion means ambulances were being directed to transport patients to other available facilities while patients who came to the ER on their own were not turned away.
"While we are now off ER diversion, we are still seeing a significant number of COVID-19 patients in the ER, which can contribute to longer than normal waits," he said. "Additionally, TRMC is still on critical care diversion."
Hospital officials encourage Tift County residents to wear a mask, remember social distancing, avoid large gatherings and wash hands frequently.
TRMC has drive-through COVID-19 testing. Le encouraged residents with symptoms to utilize the drive-thru test, see their primary care doctor or use a convenient care clinic to help the hospital minimize admissions.
"Once patients arrive at the drive-through testing site, we ask that they follow the directional signage," Le said. "Patients will remain in their vehicle for the test."
More information: Contact the COVID-19 hotline, (229) 353-2819.