Important Coronavirus Information

** If you are suffering from mild symptoms, stay at home and self quarantine – do not come to the hospital or your physician office. **

**  Not everyone who comes to the hospital will be screened for COVID-19. There are testing requirements that must be met. **

**Abbeville Area Medical Center is urgent need of the following:

Self-contained HEPA filtration units – Many area construction companies and other industries use the HEPA units.  We would like to borrow as many as we can find if all possible.

All types of protective masks – n95, surgical masks, full-face shields, half-face shields, respirators, etc. – Many of the masks used in business and industry could serve our front-line clinicians, physicians, and nurses.  If you or your business has any extra supply of these please consider donating them Abbeville Area Medical Center. NO SUPPLY IS TOO SMALL. 

Contact us at (864) 366-3364 or mdavis@AbbevilleAreaMC.com

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update April 2, 2020 4:00pm

As of 4:00pm, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 151 COVID-19 tests. 120 have tested negative, 23 are pending and there have been three new positive results for a total of 8. 

Please note that DHEC reports cases by County of residence.  Of our current positive results, there are 6 cases in Abbeville County.

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update March 31, 2020 3:00pm
As of 3:00pm, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 138 COVID-19 tests. 98 have tested negative, 27 are pending and there has been one new positive result. Please note that DHEC reports cases by County of residence.

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 27, 2020  3:45pm

As of 3:45pm, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 109 COVID-19 tests. 54 have tested negative, 51 are pending and there have been no new positive results. 

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 25, 2020  1:00pm

As of 8:00am, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 78 COVID-19 tests. 54 have tested negative, 20 are pending and there have been two new positive results.

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 24, 2020  12:00pm

As of 12:00pm, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 51 COVID-19 tests. 39 have tested negative, with no new positive results.

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 23, 2020  9:45am

As of 10:00am, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 47 COVID-19 tests. 38 have tested negative, with no new positive results.

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 21, 2020  8:00pm

Abbeville Area Medical Center received notification this morning from DHEC that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee recognized symptoms early on and self-quarantined at home. After evaluating work schedules and due to the employee’s quick response to symptoms, the exposure to others was limited and is considered “low risk.” Those who were exposed have been notified and are self-monitoring. Due to privacy and confidentiality laws, AAMC cannot share any personal information. 

“The health and safety of our patients, their families and our employees are our highest priority,” stated Dean Turner, AAMC CEO. “We are working in partnership with DHEC to make sure the appropriate follow-up measures are being taken.”

AAMC has been preparing for COVID-19 and is utilizing a “Fast Track” system to help reduce exposure to the virus. Patients presenting with respiratory symptoms are being triaged in an area in front of the hospital and are being asked to return to their cars, call a dedicated phone number to register and wait for a phone call with further instructions. Patients are then escorted to a special entrance where they will be evaluated by a physician. AAMC implemented its Emergency Operations Plan last week as the virus began to appear closer to the state.

As of 8:00pm Saturday, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 43 COVID-19 tests. 25 have tested negative, with two positive results confirmed by DHEC.

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 21, 2020   11:00am

As of 6:00pm yesterday, Abbeville Area Medical Center had completed a total of 40 COVID-19 tests. 20 have tested negative, with only one positive result confirmed by DHEC. 

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 20, 2020  4:00pm

As of 4:00pm Abbeville Area Medical Center has not received any additional test results.  Please note the following important reminders.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time.

** If you are having mild symptoms, self-quarantine and do not come to the hospital or your doctor’s office. **

** Not everyone who comes to the hospital will be screened for COVID-19. There are testing requirements that must be met. **

 AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 19, 2020  6:00pm

As of 6:00pm Abbeville Area Medical Center had tested a total of 36 patients for COVID-19.  We have not received any additional results from DHEC at this time.  DHEC has informed us that positive tests reported through the DHEC laboratory system are no longer considered presumptive. Another update will be posted at approximately 9:00am tomorrow. We would like to stress that if you are experiencing mild symptoms, do not come to the hospital or your doctor’s office.  Self-quarantine at home.  Dr. Trey Moore, Family Physician at the Healthcare Center and AAMC Emergency Room physician, will be giving an update on WZLA 92.9 at 7:30am on Friday, March 20th.

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 19, 2020   3:30pm

As of 12:00noon today, Abbeville Area Medical Center has tested at total of 29 patients for COVID-19.  10 are negative and only 1 is positive per DHEC.  We expect to have another update at approximately 6:00pm.  We would like to stress that if you are experiencing mild symptoms, do not come to the hospital or your doctor’s office.  Self-quarantine at home.  

AAMC COVID-19 Status Update  March 19, 2020   9:30am

Abbeville Area Medical Center has had one positive case of COVID-19 reported to us by DHEC’s state in Columbia. It will take anywhere from 2-4 days to confirm the case with the CDC.

The case was identified through the Fast Track system AAMC had put in place to help reduce exposure to the virus.  Patients presenting with respiratory symptoms are being triaged in an area in front of the hospital and are being asked to return to their cars, call a dedicated phone number to register and wait for a phone call with further instructions.  Patients are then escorted to a special entrance where they will be evaluated by a physician.

“We discovered the case because we are being aggressive in our care and planning for the virus,” stated Dr. Trey Moore, Family Medicine physician at the Healthcare Center and AAMC Emergency Room physician.  “My best advice is to only seek medical care if your symptoms are severe. Otherwise quarantine at home.”

As of Thursday morning, AAMC has tested 26 patients for COVID-19.  Three tests have been reported as negative by DHEC.  One has been reported as positive and has been sent to the CDC for confirmation. 

The hospital has a staff member acting as a courier who delivers the tests directly to DHEC’s state lab in Columbia lab twice daily in order to expediate the results.

“We knew we would begin to see cases of the virus, the question was when,” stated Dean Turner, AAMC CEO.  “We wanted to be proactive with our approach in order to protect our community as well as our staff.  I am very proud of our staff who implemented the Fast Track system in a matter of 24-hours.”

If you have reason to suspect exposure to the Coronavirus, by either recent travel or contact with a patient confirmed to have the Coronavirus, please call your provider.  If you are having mild symptoms, self-quarantine and do not come to the hospital or your doctor’s office.