- NO ONE with any illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) should visit.
- ONLY household contacts or those critical to our patients’ health care support may visit.
- Please help us protect our patients
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Fever (100.2 or greater)
- Shortness of breath
The public should understand that most cases of COVID-19 will not mean hospitalization, or even a trip to an emergency room. Hospital care is a precious resource that needs to be reserved for those with the most serious symptoms.
If you suspect you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and let them know that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. If you do not have a primary healthcare provider, call our direct number, 865-213-8200, and we will direct you with how to proceed for you care.
While COVID-19 is a new virus, preparing for responses to disasters is not new to Sweetwater Hospital Association. Emergency preparedness training is a year-round activity that is practiced on a regular basis.
Hospitals treat patients with a variety of infectious diseases on a daily basis. These patients are isolated and treated in appropriate spaces by trained staff using specialized equipment.
When there is a threat of a disease that could cause a surge of patients, Sweetwater Hospital Association steps up its preparedness and coordination activities. Hospitals share information and best practices, but also deploy the specific strategies that will work best in their facilities and in response to the changing situation.
Hospitals around the state are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and local public health departments to prepare and care for COVID-19.
From what is known now, most people who become infected with COVID-19 will not become seriously ill and, therefore, will not need hospitalization. However, those with serious illness may need hospital care, including respiratory support.
Most hospitals in the state do not have extra capacity and are not holding beds open for possible COVID-19 patients. However, this is not a static situation and hospital space can and will be made quickly available in an emergency or with a surge of critically ill patients.
For now, Sweetwater Hospital Association is operating normally with planned procedures happening as scheduled. We will continue to provide planned care to people who need surgical services and many other issues. Sweetwater Hospital Association also will continue to provide urgent and emergency services to people experiencing a heart attack, stroke, or a serious accident. If beds are reserved before there is a need, it would mean delays in care for people who need services now. As COVID-19 cases present, Sweetwater Hospital Association will coordinate with public health officials to meet the need.
Hospitals regularly communicate and coordinate directly with each other and, in times of large-scale disasters, they work with one of the emergency preparedness healthcare organizations in Tennessee. We are in direct contact with the Tennessee Department of Health daily.
If an emergency presents, our emergency room is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. However, the appointment line number is 865-213-8590.