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COVID-19 testing continues at WRH

Since establishing itself as a COVID-19 test site last week, Whitfield Regional Hospital reports no major problems, or positive cases, as of Tuesday morning.

WRH CEO Doug Brewer said there have been no “major bumps in the road” and that testing will continue as long as the testing kits are available.

“We do have a finite number of tests. We have worked with our local clinics and other providers to assemble additional tests and our hope is that, at some point, we will receive additional tests. So far, we have not had to turn anyone away,” Brewer said.

While no positive cases have been reported in Marengo County as of mid-day Tuesday, Brewer said many results are still pending.

“We have conducted dozens and dozens of tests and to this point we’ve had no positive results. But, it is taking longer to get those results back and we await the results for many of the tests,” Brewer said.

Brewer also said the hospital does not have any problems related to personal protective equipment for its employees. “We began prepping about eight weeks ago and stocked up on those items and received more with help from the state. At this point, we are assisting others in that area.”

The hospital is still closed to visitors. Anyone entering the hospital, including employees, are having their temperature taken prior to entering. Brewer said the governor’s order does allow for certain visitors based on “compassionate” reasons.

“If the situation arises that a family needs to be together, we will make that happen in a safe way,” he said.

Brewer said that so far the hospital’s plans for testing and dealing with COVID-19 have gone according to plan.

“So far, things have gone well, but there is more work to do. Everyday we have more knowledge and everyday we are making adjustments.

“I can’t say enough about our employees. They are putting themselves and their families at risk to be here. We are all being as safe as we can be, but it is a stressful time for healthcare workers,” he said.

Brewer added that he is thankful for the support received from the community, which included one good samaritan purchasing lunch for the entire staff.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, March 25 issue of the Demopolis Times.