COVID-19: A Hospital Authority of Miller County Update
The team at the Hospital Authority of Miller County, including Miller County Hospital, Miller Nursing Home, and Calhoun Nursing Home, are working hard to protect our patients, staff and nursing home residents from COVID-19. We have taken drastic steps including not allowing visitors at any of our facilities, except during end-of-life circumstances, and offering an appointment-Based, drive-thru clinic for non-COVID patients to receive care, among many other measures. The HAMC team fully supports the efforts of our mayor and others in local leadership positions who have taken strong measures to prevent the spread of the virus in our county. Please do your part by staying at home; this means no parties, no bar-b-ques, no gatherings at friends’ houses; not going to church or holding weddings. It’s tough, we know; but we know the people of Miller County are tough and together we can weather this storm.
We want to keep the members of our community informed; we know Coronavirus is frightening and we want to do our part in providing you with facts. Transparency is always important, and never more important than now. Our community can expect updates from us that will be on our website, on Facebook and in the newspaper. Our hope is the factual information will combat rumors, which only serve to cause confusion.
How the Hospital Authority of Miller County is Handling COVID-19
We are testing people for COVID-19 based upon the Center for Disease Control recommendations. If someone tests positive, the Department of Public Health intervenes to help identify and notify others who may have been exposed via contact with the sick individuals. Miller County Hospital and Miller Nursing maintain a chronic Long-Term Ventilator program, it is not designed for an Acute Care Ventilator patient; any COVID-19 positive patients who require hospital care are being directed to other facilities for inpatient care.
The majority of tests collected at our facility are collected by staff in the Emergency Department. This protocol ensures consistent quality care of our staff, residents and Miller County community.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, cough, trouble breathing and or sore throat, that you please call If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed, please call 229.758.3304 before going to the Emergency Department or our drive-through clinic. Also, the Georgia Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline which can assist with questions or concerns. If you feel that you have been exposed to the virus, the hotline is able to direct you to appropriate care: Hotline Number: (844) 442-2681
During this time of limited resources, we ask residents of neighboring counties to please choose available healthcare options for testing in their own county; this is to ensure we have the resources to care for residents of Miller County. Being tested in your county of residence also assists the local health department and healthcare systems in checking on their COVID-positive patients and families, as well as assisting notification of results and clearing people for release from quarantine.
By the Numbers
Results of COVID-19 Tests Conducted at Miller County Hospital
The statistics listed below reflect the results of patients who were tested at Miller County Hospital. Any COVID-19 positive patients who require hospitalization are being directed to other facilities for inpatient care. These statistics are as of May 29, 2020:
Number of Tests
To keep things in perspective, following is a chart with statistics from the Centers for Disease Control listed by county of residence. It is important to note these patients have been tested at different facilities in various counties. These statistics are as of 9:30 am, May 29, 2020: