Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul says Georgia's hospital networks are not currently overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.
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Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul says Georgia's hospital networks are not currently overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

Hospital networks across the state are not currently overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, according to Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

Northside Hospital restricted access into its facilities, limiting non-emergency entry to only the main entrance of all five of its hospitals and its women's centers for hospitals in Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth and Gwinnett, Paul said in a Facebook post. Visitors will be screened for respiratory illness and asked about their travel history and could be denied entry at the hospital's discretion, he added. The hospital requested only patients of the hospital or individuals who are visiting or accompanying a patient come to its facilities.

The mayor's office checked with the local hospitals to see how they were responding to the coronavirus outbreak and what procedures they were putting in place, he wrote on Facebook Monday evening.

Other Georgia hospitals have also placed restrictions on visits and access to facilities.

Emory Healthcare has postponed all elective surgeries for two weeks and canceling outpatient clinic visits. The hospital also restricted patients to one visitor over the age of 16.

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta put restrictions on visitors and has limited patients to two family member visitors at a time. The hospital also postponed all elective surgeries until further notice. Visitors who appear ill will not be permitted inside until they are symptom free for 24 hours.

CHOA does not have COVID-19 testing facilities. 

"All three hospitals are taking precautions to protect patients, family members, staff and the community," Paul said. "These precautions are needed to protect patients and to support and preserve supplies, equipment and staffing for the most urgent and time-sensitive patient needs."