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More than 30 coronavirus tests pending for patients in Huntsville Hospital system

Health officials say there are more than 20 coronavirus tests pending for patients in the Huntsville Hospital system.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 12:42 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 5:09 PM

The Huntsville Hospital System reports 33 people were waiting for coronavirus test results as of late Monday.

Here's the system's full update:

As previously reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health, a resident of Limestone County
tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently the only confirmed case in North Alabama.

As of 11 a.m. today, a total of 33 hospital inpatients were awaiting COVID-19 test results at Huntsville Hospital
Health System facilities. Test results are generally available within 24 hours from the state lab.

We are finalizing plans to open a freestanding Fever & Flu Clinic in the Huntsville medical district to test and treat patients with fever and upper respiratory symptoms. More details will be announced Tuesday.

Elective surgery is continuing as planned for now, but this is being re-evaluated daily.

All Huntsville Hospital Health System campuses continue to restrict visitation. Each patient can have a maximum of two visitors, and children under 16 are not allowed to visit except under extraordinary circumstances. Hospital volunteers and vendors have been told to stay home, and student shadowing programs have been suspended until further notice. More restrictions may be placed on visitation in the coming days to protect our patients and staff. Please avoid the hospital unless you need medical care.

The blood supply in Madison County is adequate for now, but we urge you to donate. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers has donor centers at Huntsville Hospital and Madison Hospital. Blood drives are scheduled this week at U.S. Army Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Building 5435 (Tuesday, March 17, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.); Walmart on South Memorial Parkway
(Wednesday, March 18, noon to 6 p.m.); and Redstone Arsenal Building 5400 (Thursday, March 19, 7
a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Remember to SEPARATE and SANITIZE. Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes,
and avoid crowds.

You can find more coronavirus coverage here

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