Emory, Cartersville hospitals say they have patients with coronavirus

Medical personnel walk the campus at Emory Hospital. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Both Emory Healthcare and Cartersville Medical Center confirmed they are treating patients with the coronavirus.

“Emory Healthcare has admitted our first patient who has tested positive for COVID-19,” the hospital system posted on its website late Tuesday.

Emory did not say which of its 10 hospitals is treating the patient. Emory University Hospital, Emory Midtown and Emory Saint Joseph’s are among those in the network.

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In Bartow County, doctors were also treating a confirmed coronavirus case and awaiting testing on three other patients.

“Today, Cartersville Medical Center was notified that we have a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to three patients who are awaiting results,” the hospital said Wednesday in an emailed statement. “We are following infection prevention protocols for COVID-19 patients, including isolation, to help ensure the safety of our colleagues, patients and visitors, and we continue to work closely with the CDC and health department.”

State officials said late Tuesday there are six confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 16 presumptive cases. Those numbers are expected to rise as additional testing is completed.

Metro hospitals have put additional safety measures in place to help contain the spread of the virus and say they are prepared to treat patients.

“Although there is still very low risk for people to contract the virus, Wellstar is well-prepared to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve,” Wellstar Health System posted on its website.

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