First detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China, the Coronavirus has now been detected in 50 countries around the globe, including some cases in the United States.

Coronavirus Updates, News, Your Health

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates

Global health authorities are responding to an outbreak of a new virus. First detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been actively spreading around the globe, including the United States. Atrium Health experts say you can never be too careful and that people need to educate themselves on what to do if they contract it.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This page will serve as a resource for information as it relates to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Check back in for the latest updates from our Atrium Health experts and national sources. For medical assistance and resources, please see our list at the bottom of this post.

  • Atrium Health is committed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and has partnered with many of the state's largest employers and other local businesses to donate 2 million face masks to the community. To receive a free mask, visit AtriumHealth.org/FreeMasks to find a pick-up location near you.

*Latest update: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 3:28 p.m.

If you have questions, contact your healthcare provider or utilize virtual visits or e-visits to discuss your symptoms. If you decide to schedule an in-person visit with your healthcare professional to further evaluate your symptoms, and have traveled abroad in an area where the virus is prevalent or you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, it's important that you call ahead so that they can put the appropriate measures in place to prevent spread. 


Monday, July 27, 2020 

3:28 p.m.

Traveling this Summer? Follow these Tips to Stay Safe During COVID-19

We get it – summer is the ideal time to travel. And while certain states are allowing beaches, pools, parks and other recreational areas to reopen in limited capacity, it remains critical for those traveling to follow the appropriate safety precautions to keep themselves and others from exposure to COVID-19. Here, Kyle Cunningham, MD MPH, shares his top tips for travel safety.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

5:03 p.m.

What to Know About Children Going Back to School During COVID-19

Following North Carolina’s recent announcement about how the upcoming school year will look, we knew there would be questions. We talked to three Atrium Health experts about their response to the recent announcement and what their advice might be for parents who have questions about their children’s safety.

Learn more about our Million Mask Initiative at AtriumHealth.org/FreeMasks.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

3:25 p.m. 

Gov. Roy Cooper Announces That N.C. Will Remain in Phase II and Schools Will Open for Mix of In-Person and Remote Learning 

 


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

4:22 p.m.

The Importance of Wearing a Face Mask, Even When it Doesn’t Feel Necessary

As states across the country begin to loosen their restrictions on local businesses, Atrium Health experts urge the public to continue maintaining recommended safety precautions, such as wearing a face mask, to help keep you, your loved ones and the rest of the community safe – even when it doesn’t feel necessary.

Learn more about our Million Mask Initiative at AtriumHealth.org/FreeMasks.

9:05 a.m.

4 Tips for Safely Returning to Work

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, transitioning back to your workspace takes the right plan. Here are some essential tips to help keep workplaces safer, respond to office illness and make sure everyone is comfortable seeking in-person care if needed.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2:58 p.m.

Levine Children’s Hospital Among Select Sites Worldwide to Open Pediatric COVID-19 Clinical Trial for Remdesivir

Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital is just one of 30 sites across the world –and the only children’s hospital in North Carolina – selected to open a clinical trial to test the efficacy of remdesivir in pediatric patients who test positive for COVID-19.

Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug that was originally developed by Gilead Sciences as a treatment for Ebola but has shown promising success against many different viruses, such as COVID-19. To date, it appears that remdesivir is the only antiviral agent demonstrating improvement in outcomes when used for COVID-19 treatment.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

4:58 p.m.

Atrium Health and Business Leaders Across North Carolina Commit to 2 Million Masks

As the state of North Carolina announced a new statewide requirement for people to wear masks while in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19 that will go into effect on Fridayseveral of the state’s largest businesses are working to make sure it’s effective. At a news conference in Raleigh today, hosted by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Atrium Health President and CEO Eugene A. Woods noted the importance of masking as cases in the state continue to spike. Woods also announced a consortium of business leaders have committed to collectively donating 1 million masks – which has since increased to 2 million face masks – with an emphasis on getting them into the hands of underserved communities

Learn more about our Million Mask Initiative at AtriumHealth.org/FreeMasks.

3:14 p.m.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Announces State will Remain in Phase II and Will Issue Mandatory Face Mask Requirement 

 

 


Monday, June 22, 2020 

11:19 a.m. 

Caring for Hispanic Neighbors During COVID-19

Several reasons explain the vulnerability that young Hispanics face to COVID-19. This population tends to have a higher number of essential workers who can’t work remotely or take sick time. They’re more likely to live in multi-generational homes. When the best protection against disease is isolation, these factors make protection hard, if not impossible.

Just as one disease can affect different populations differently, one solution cannot serve all groups equally. A global pandemic requires hyper-local action. Atrium Health began intense work to identify programs and initiatives to address the disparities.


Monday, June 15, 2020 

10:08 a.m.

Atrium Health Continues to Phase in Relaxed Visitor Restrictions

As more North Carolina businesses open their doors in limited ways, Atrium Health is continuing to ease some of the visitation restrictions in place at its facilities, while ensuring COVID-Safe standards are in place. Effective at 5 a.m. on Monday, June 15patients may designate one person to visit them while hospitalized or, if needed, accompany them at Atrium Health care settings. There are exceptions to the policy for patients with certain conditions or who are being treated in environments where high-risk or immunocompromised patients are being treated.

Atrium Health announces newest policies for visitors across all Atrium Health locations  


Thursday, June 11, 2020 

8:16 a.m.

New COVID-19 Community Research Partnership Uses Innovative Methods to Learn More About the Virus

Atrium Health patients and teammates can now can participate in an innovative research study that asks people to report symptoms and, in some cases, administer home tests for coronavirus antibodies. These data will enable researchers to learn more about how the virus behaves in our community and affects persons uniquely, both now and in the future.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 

1:29 p.m.

Three Generations Affected by COVID-19: One Family’s Story

Katerin Martinez was pregnant and just days away from her due date with her first child when her father tested positive for COVID-19. Katerin then got tested and found out she also had the virus. Since she was considered full term, her doctor recommended an induction. Meanwhile, her father was in the critical care unit at the same hospital where Katerin went to have her baby. Now, Katerin, her daughter, and her father are all healthy and back home.

Katerin Martinez was pregnant and just days away from her due date with her first child when her father tested positive for COVID-19. Katerin then got tested and found out she also had the virus.

9:08 a.m. 

Get the Care You Need, Safely

Get the care you need, safely


Friday, June 5, 2020 

3:34 p.m.

Coronavirus from the Frontlines: Treating COVID-Positive Patients in the Safety of their Homes

“I wanted to work in healthcare because I truly just wanted to help people.” Rachel McMurphyEMTPis a community paramedic who uses her skills to treat patients in their own homes, where they feel most comfortable. And during the COVID-19 response, it’s helped keep many patients out of the hospital, thus reducing the spread.

Atrium Health paramedic, Rachel McMurphy

12:02 p.m.

Fertility Treatments in the Age of COVID-19

Do you have questions about fertility treatments amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Ashley Eskew, MD, MSCI, an OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist (REI) at Atrium Health Women's Institute shares answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding our capabilities for treating fertility patients during this time.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020 

3:16 p.m.

Helping Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse During COVID-19

Sheltering at home offers a safe refuge for most, but for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, it can mean isolation with an abuser. Here’s how Atrium Health helps these victims during a crucial time.


Monday, June 1, 2020 

10:28 a.m.

How Atrium Health's Musculoskeletal Institute Is Safely Resuming Elective Surgeries

On May 4, Atrium Health’s Musculoskeletal Institute resumed elective surgeries. And with comprehensive patient safety protocols in place, they’re looking forward to serving more and more patients.


Friday, May 29, 2020 

12:39 p.m.

Atrium Health Increases Ongoing Commitment to Charlotte’s Hispanic Community Amid COVID-19

As part of its mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, Atrium Health is focusing its commitment by launching a new initiative, “Para Tu Salud” – simply translated to “For Your Health” – to further educate and inform Hispanic communities on how to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic


Thursday, May 28, 2020 

2:45 p.m.

Don’t Delay Vaccines: Why It’s Still Important to Stick to Your Child’s Immunization Schedule

It’s perfectly natural to have worries surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe to postpone crucial vaccination appointments.

12:08 p.m. 

Bandit Flight Team Shows Thanks to Healthcare Workers in Flyover

The Bandit Flight Team saluted our healthcare heroes by performing a frontline flyover across the region last week and teammates enjoyed watching the smoke salute from the rooftops. Thank you to the Bandits for this display of appreciation!

11:23 a.m. 

10 Symptoms Women Should Never Ignore

It can be tempting to ignore unusual gynelogical symptoms — but doing so can post risks to your long-term health, and even affect your fertility. If you experience any of the below symptoms, don't delay seeking COVID-Safe care from your OB/GYN. 

10 symptoms women should never ignore infographic


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 

4:35 p.m. 

Atrium Health Announces Eased Visitor Restrictions

With North Carolina phasing in certain types of business across the state, Atrium Health will begin easing some of its visitation restrictions, while ensuring COVID-Safe standards are in place. Effective Wednesday, May 27, patients who are having surgery or a procedure that requires sedation may designate one person to accompany them at Atrium Health care settings.

12:02 p.m. 

Reasons Why You Shouldn't Delay Your Annual Physical [Infographic]

Reasons not to delay your annual physical

9:58 a.m

Going Back to Work? Here’s What You Need to Know

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, transitioning back to your workspace takes the right plan. Here are some essential tips to help you protect your employees.


Friday, May 22, 2020 

11:08 a.m. 

Hometown Hero Wins New Car for Dedication Providing COVID-19 Care 

Teammates at Atrium Health Union came together to celebrate Corinne Chausse, CRNA at Atrium Health, as a Hometown Hero for her efforts working with Samaritan's Purse at COVID-19 Central Park Hospital in New York City. Corinne was also awarded a brand new Hyundai as part of the appreciation. Thank you, Corinne, for being there for those who need you the most!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

2:40 p.m. 

Coronavirus and Pregnancy: How We’re Keeping You and Your Baby Safe

Is it safe to give birth at the hospital? Will I have to give birth alone? Coronavirus has led to a lot of uncertainty for expectant mothers, but Atrium Health is here to help. Our experts share what you need to know about maternity care during the pandemic.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

5:18 p.m.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Announce Phase 2 to Begin Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m. 

Beginning Friday, May 22, the state of North Carolina will enter Phase 2 in loosening restrictions. While certain business may continue to remain closed, others will be permitted to open under certain restrictions at a limited occupancy.

Phase 2 changes include:

  • Restaurants can serve dine-in customers at mostly a 50% capacity, with social distancing and cleaning requirements.
  • Personal care businesses, like salons and barbers, may re-open at 50% occupancy. These businesses must have face coverings and cleaning requirements in place. 
  • Overnight and day camps can open with safety rules.
  • Childcare facilities remain open and are now able to enroll all children.
  • Swimming pools will be to open at 50% capacity.
  • Mass gathering limits will be no more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors

Businesses that will remain closed:

  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Gyms and indoor fitness facilities 
  • Indoor entertainment facilities, such as movie theaters and bowling alleys
  • Public playgrounds


Tuesday, May 19, 2020 

2:10 p.m.

COVID-19 Survivor Donates Plasma to One Blood

After 28 days symptom-free of coronavirus disease, Brandi Rabon donated her plasma to One Blood in Charlotte.

Read more about Brandi's story


Thursday, May 14, 2020 

1:18 p.m.

Surviving a Serious Heart Attack During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Treatment protocols ensure patients like James Conner can get the medical help they need during the coronavirus pandemic. James woke up one night in pain and found out he was having a severe heart attack. Thankfully, he sought care immediately, and EMS transported him to Atrium Health Pineville.

James Connor, heart attack patient at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 

3:12 p.m.

Donated iPads Give Patients Virtual Connection to World Outside Hospital Walls

Almost a quarter of our patients have no access to technology of their own and are socially isolated when they come to receive care with us, especially now that visitors have restricted access due precautions against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Now, thanks to funding from the Atrium Health Foundation and a donation from AT&T, Atrium Health has 100 brand new iPads for patients to use across our system, giving them a virtual connection with family, friends, their faith and the world outside.

8:08 a.m.

Atrium Health and Butterfly Network Drive Innovation in Medical Imaging During COVID-19 Battle

Atrium Health is proud to be the first major health system in the nation to put into wide practice a new point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) device. Produced by Butterfly Network, Inc., the Butterfly iQ is the world’s first portable, single-probe, whole-body ultrasound device. This portable device provides faster and easier examinations of patients, including those with COVID-19.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 

12:31 p.m.

Coronavirus from the Frontlines: Open for Trauma Care

Dr. Susan Evans, chief of surgical critical care at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center, recently took us behind the scenes into what a day in the surgical trauma intensive care unit looks like during the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency department, mobile medicine and trauma teams are on the frontlines helping trauma patients 24/7.

Here’s a snapshot of the day and how the trauma team is creating a COVID-Safe environment for patients.

Dr. Susan Evans shows us current PPE protocols for our teammates during coronavirus pandemic


Monday, May 11, 2020 

11:21 a.m.

Committed to Safety: Atrium Health Pilots COVID-19 Antibody Testing to Better Understand Impact to Our Community

Atrium Health is advancing its industry-leading COVID-Safe initiative by offering high-quality and reliable COVID-19 antibody tests to keep our communities safe and to help organizations and companies in the community re-open safely using our “COVID-Safe for Employers” approachBut what exactly are antibody tests and how do they help to enhance safety for our community?

Atrium Health is advancing its industry-leading COVID-Safe initiative by adding “COVID-Safe for Employers” solutions, including high-quality and reliable COVID-19 antibody tests, to help organizations and companies in the community re-open safely. But what exactly are antibody tests and how do they help to enhance safety for our community?

10:09 a.m.

Coronavirus from the Frontlines: Bringing the Comfort of Home to Skilled Nursing Facilities

Michelle Hewitt, LPN, has been a nurse for 24 years. For 23 of them, she’s worked at Cleveland Pines, one of Atrium Health’s five skilled nursing facilities, where she now serves as admissions nurse and clinical coordinatorDuring the COVID-19 response, she’s been responsible for caring for some of the community’s most vulnerable patients, while providing them the comforts of home. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

Michelle Hewitt


Friday, May 8, 2020 

1:28 p.m.

Belk Dedicates 30-Foot Flower Wall to Healthcare Workers

Last night, our teammates at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center were surprised with a 30-foot long wall filled with more than 600 bouquets of flowers just for them. Provided by Belk, the bouquets were free to our healthcare workers to remind them that their hard work is appreciated community-wide.

10:20 a.m.

How cool is this?! Thank you to the North Carolina Air National Guard for organizing a flyover to show their support for all of our healthcare workers!


Thursday, May 7, 2020 

4:34 p.m.

Atrium Health Unveils COVID-Safe for Employers to Help Organizations Return to Work Safely

Atrium Health is now offering nationally-leading and innovative COVID-Safe for Employers solutions to organizations and companies, as well as high-quality and reliable antibody testing across the Charlotte region. In order to help decrease the economic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Atrium Health is helping organizations reopen as safe as possible by providing critical assistance with COVID-19 planning, screening and testing.

Atrium Health tests COVID-19 antibodies in laboratory


Wednesday, May 6, 2020 

11:36 a.m.

Baby Monitors Provide Innovative Angle to Treat COVID-19

The same baby monitors that provide new parents a window into their child’s room are now being used to monitor patients, while keeping nurses safe and conserving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They’re also helping patients to connect with loved ones through the COVID-19 situation.

The same baby monitors that provide new parents a window into their child’s room are now being used to monitor patients, while keeping nurses safe and conserving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 

3:58 p.m. 

Atrium Health Offers New Promising Treatment for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

Atrium Health will be one of the first healthcare systems in the region- and the first in Charlotte- to offer critically ill patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a much-anticipated treatment option – Remdesivir.

Atrium Health will be one of the first healthcare systems in the region- and the first in Charlotte- to offer critically ill patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a much-anticipated treatment option – Remdesivir.

12:12 p.m.

“Don’t Hesitate to Get Help”: One Man’s Story of Surviving a Sudden Heart Attack

Nhia Ly was cooking at the restaurant he and his wife own when he experienced chest pain, nausea, sweating, and shaking. He knew something wasn’t right and headed to the closest emergency department, where he found out he was having a heart attack. Thanks to the swift, expert care he received, Nhia is feeling better and is back to his regular activities. The Remdesivir trial, along with the XPORT trial that opened at Atrium Health in April, are among a handful of novel therapies that Atrium Health has successfully brought to COVID-19 patients in the region.


Monday, May 4, 2020 

1:56 p.m.

Talking to Children and Teens with Anxiety About Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to disrupt families from their everyday lives across the world. We know children and teens especially can be adversely affected, becoming stressed and anxious, by this kind of significant change to their otherwise normal daily routines. To help parents, Gillian G. Regan, PhD, pediatric psychologist at Atrium Health Levine Children’s, has tips on how to help calm the anxiety affecting children caused by coronavirus and the impact it’s had on their lives.


Friday, May 1, 2020 

3:03 p.m.

Doctors Warn Not to Delay Emergency Care: “Our Hospitals are Safe”

For life-threatening conditions like heart attack and stroke, faster treatment means better outcomes. Here’s why you shouldn’t delay care when you need it, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

1:23 p.m.

The Hidden Danger of Coronavirus for Kids

Coronavirus fears are keeping some children from getting the medical care they need. Dr. Andrew Herman, chief medical officer at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital, warns that this could be more harmful to kids than the virus itself.

11:51 a.m.

Whether you’re getting groceries or stopping by the pharmacy, it’s a good idea to wear a cloth mask when in public places where social distancing may be difficult to maintain. To help people understand how to wear a mask the right way, check out this helpful infographic.

Face masks: do this, not that 


Thursday, April 30, 2020 

2:07 p.m. 

How Atrium Health is Putting Safety First During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Here at Atrium Health, we understand people may be concerned about their safety when leaving their homes to visit our facilities or to come to work. In order to ensure the safety of both our patients and teammates, we have implemented a number of new policies to protect each and every person who walks through our doors. Learn about the extra precautions we are taking to keep you safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Environmental services technicians take extra precautions to keep our facilities as clean and sanitized as possible

11:16 a.m. 

Atrium Health and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte Continue to Work Together to Meet Community's Needs

Both Atrium Health and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte have deep roots in the Charlotte community and a commitment to providing services to those who need it most. Now, the two organizations have repurposed their Wellness on Wheels mobile health unit into a mobile Coronavirus Testing Center, offering COVID-19 testing in hotspots where the virus may be rapidly spreading. Atrium Health and the YMCA have also teamed up to offer childcare to essential healthcare workers. 

8:08 a.m.

How Can We Help the Senior Population During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic presents some unique challenges for the senior population. A geriatrician from Atrium Health explains how caregivers can be there for seniors during this difficult time.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020 

2:04 p.m.

COVID-19 Spurs a New Era in Virtual Healthcare

COVID-19 has changed how we approach virtual healthcare, as we offer more visit options than ever. The enthusiastic response from our patients and providers make it clear: We can’t go back to the old ways of doing things.

Recent telehealth innovations will create lasting improvements to healthcare accessibility.

12:49 p.m.

Coronavirus from the Frontlines: Care for a High-Risk Population

Atrium Health’s providers have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, caring for patients and supporting our communities. See how Sailaja Allamneni, MD, a pulmonary critical care physician in Carolinas Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit is managing preparations and care for a high-risk population in the ICU.

Sailaja Allamneni, MD, a pulmonary critical care physician in Carolinas Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.


Monday, April 27, 2020 

1:57 p.m.

Atrium Health Opens its First Clinical Trial for COVID-19

The first clinical trial for patients with coronavirus disease is officially open at Atrium Health! The goal of the international trial, coordinated by the Clinical Trials Division at Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute, is to identify the best treatment option for patients.

10:07 a.m.

Our Language Access team is here to help the community understand important information surrounding coronavirus. They have the ability to provide translation/interpreting services for over 200 languages - call our 24/7 Health Line at 704-468-8888 with any coronavirus symptoms or questions. Atrium Health is here to help, during this time and always!


Friday, April 24, 2020 

4:13 p.m. 

Atrium Health Unveils “COVID-Safe” Care Across All Locations

Atrium Health will be the first health system in the region to expand the delivery of care services, starting the week of April 27. This move comes after Atrium Health carefully evaluated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, while also consulting with national medical experts and government leaders across the state and country. As Atrium Health expands its services, it is adding extensive safety measures and initiatives to provide peace of mind to patients by establishing “COVID-Safe” care standards for all of its locations. 

2:10 p.m.

N.C. and S.C. Announce Remote Schooling Will Continue for Remainder of School Year

10:57 a.m. 

Atrium Health Requiring Masks for Everyone at Acute Care, Skilled Nursing, Behavioral Health and Ambulatory Sites

Following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atrium Health is now requiring everyone entering one of its acute care, skilled nursing, behavioral health or ambulatory sites to wear a mask, including patients, permitted visitors and vendors. The new requirement will provide the best protection possible for everyone in the Atrium Health community.   


Thursday, April 23, 2020 

3:27 p.m.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper Extends Stay-at-Home Order Until May 8  

In a three-pronged approach to gradually ease restrictions, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and his task force have implemented a new plan that will go into effect beginning May 8 with current restrictions in effect until that date. The rollout of this strategy will be in three phases, and is subject to change if officials find that we're not moving in the direction that we're wanting to. 

Phase 1 (beginning May 8): 

  • Stay-at-Home order modified to allow more reasons to leave home
  • More retailers permitted to open at reduced capacity and with social distancing guidelines in place
  • Group gathering restricted to 10 people or less
  • Parks re-opened with mass gathering limitations and social distancing guidelines in place
  • Face coverings recommended in public settings where social distancing can't be maintained

Phase 2 (2-3 weeks following Phase 1):

  • Stay-at-Home restrictions lifted with the exception of vulnerable populations 
  • Restaurants, bars, houses of worship and other businesses to be re-opened at limited capacity
  • Number of people at mass gatherings to be increased 

Phase 3 (4-6 weeks following Phase 2): 

  • Increased capacity at restaurants, bars, houses of worship and other businesses
  • Number of people at mass gatherings to be increased
  • Lessened restrictions for vulnerable populations

 


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 

1:17 p.m.

Not All Face Masks are Created Equal: Know Which Type of Face Mask You Need and When

As we’re all navigating our new normal with coronavirus circulating across the globe these past few months, we’ve heard a bunch of talk about face masks. But do you know the difference between the different types and which one is most appropriate for you? Learn more about face masks and when you should be wearing them.

For more information about face masks or how to donate, email CommunityBenefit@AtriumHealth.org


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

12:35 p.m. 

Anxiety is Rising as Cases for COVID-19 Climb, But There’s Plenty to Do to Stay Calm in This Storm

While coronavirus continues to take center stage in today’s news cycle, our daily routines and everyday conversations, we understand it can be overwhelming for many. That’s why Atrium Health experts encourage people to take care of their mental health – making time to feel happy and calm. Find resources here to help cope with the mental health challenges during this pandemic.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and think you may need help, call our 24/7 Behavioral Health Help Line at 704-444-2400, and speak to a licensed professional.

10:11 a.m. 

Atrium Health President and CEO Eugene A. Woods, Execs Donate $2M to COVID-19 Relief Funds for Employees

Inspired by all of our hardworking teammates working on the frontlines here at Atrium Health, our President and CEO Eugene A. Woods has made a personal donation of $1 million to kick-start the Caregiver Heroes Fund, which will provide financial help to Atrium Health teammates affected by COVID-19. In addition to Gene's generous donation, other leaders on Atrium Health's leadership team who have been so moved by our teammates committed an extra $1 million to the Caregiver Heroes Fund. That's $2 million fully dedicated to our Atrium Health teammates. 

This fund will help support reasonable and necessary personal, family, living or funeral expenses that teammates may incur as a result of COVID-19.

Looking for ways to support these healthcare heroes yourself? Donate to the Atrium Health Teammate Emergency Care Fund today. 


Monday, April 20, 2020 

2:29 p.m.

“This Can Happen to Me Too”: A Healthy Mother’s COVID-19 Recovery Story

Brandi first thought she had the flu when she came down with a pounding headache and fatigue. After all, she didn’t fall into the high-risk category for the novel coronavirus. However, a persisting 102-degree fever and worsening symptoms said otherwise. After testing positive for COVID-19, she immediately got treatment at home from a virtual care team from Atrium Health. This is her recovery story.

Brandi Rabon, a recent COVID-19 survivor, and her family.

12:02 p.m.

Trauma Surgeons Develop Algorithm to Prepare for COVID-19

Atrium Health trauma surgeons collaborated at breakneck speed to create an algorithm to guide surgical teams through the COVID-19 pandemic. Their plan, now published, may help hospitals around the country.

Maximizing the calm before the storm: A tiered surgical response plan for COVID-19

7:18 a.m.

For Children and Families, the Fight Against COVID-19 is All About Prevention and Preparation at Home

Dr. Andrew Herman, chief medical officer of Atrium Health's Levine Children's Hospital shares just a few of the many ways that Levine Children's Hospital is looking after our pediatric patients and their families during this unprecedented time. 


Friday, April 17, 2020

3:39 p.m.

Coronavirus: Patient Care That’s Truly for All

Atrium Health is committed to caring for all patients, now and always. See how we’re helping individuals across our communities get the care they need.

11:16 a.m. 

Hendrick Motorsports Engineers Support Heroic Frontline Healthcare Workers

As people work together to flatten the curve and stop the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports has teamed up with Atrium Health to provide added protection to medical workers on the frontlines of the crisis. Over the course of a month, Hendrick Motorsports has delivered nearly 150 face shields to Atrium Health that are safe enough to reuse.

Employees at Hendrick Motorsports make face shields to donate to Atrium Health as additional PPE


Thursday, April 16, 2020

10:57 a.m.

Staying Connected Virtually During Coronavirus

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Tips for how to virtually stay connected to loved ones during coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

9:09 a.m. 

How We're Serving the Underserved Amid Coronavirus Pandemic 

Atrium Health is proud to be a national leader in how we’re improving access to coronavirus testing for underserved and minority communities. As one of the only health systems in the nation to use Geographical Information System data, we’re targeting emerging hotspots to identify and pinpoint communities in need and are providing mobile testing sites in those areas based on the data collected.

New Coronavirus Testing Centers available to serve underserved and minority communities in Charlotte

 


Tuesday, April 14, 2020 

3:18 p.m.

Working from Home? Follow These Tips to Stay Productive

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Working from home tips during coronavirus stay-at-home order

 


Monday, April 13, 2020 

10:42 a.m. 

KidTime: Fun Daily Activities for Kids to Enjoy at Home 

Even though coronavirus has led to school closings and social distancing guidelines, we want to provide children with a fun, educational activity they can look forward to every day. We are calling this special daily series “KidTime” and we hope your family will join us. Tune in to the Levine Children's Facebook page every day at 11 a.m. to be part of the fun!

Atrium Health Levine Children's presents KidTime, a new segment filled with fun, enriching activities that are shared every weekday for you and your family to enjoy.


Saturday, April 11, 2020

1:16 p.m. 

Heroes Honoring Heroes: First Responders Give Thanks to Atrium Health Medical Workers in "Parade of Lights"

First responders from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department and Mecklenburg EMS took some time to brighten the spirits of healthcare workers by sounding their sirens and flashing their lights during a "Parade of Lights," beginning at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center and continuing to several other Atrium Health facilities. A huge thank you to our first responders for this beautiful act of love and support! 

Read more: WSOC, WBTV coverage

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children's Hospital

Atrium Health University City


Friday, April 10, 2020 

8:52 p.m. 

Make Noise to Make a Difference: Join Us Every Friday at 7 p.m. to Show our Appreciation for Healthcare Workers

In the face of coronavirus, our community has stepped up to help one another. Let’s show our support by stepping outside at the same time, on the same day, and making some noise.

Ring a bell. Clap your hands. Shake a tambourine. Bang a wooden spoon against a pot. Cheer at the top of your lungs.

We might be physically apart, but we’re more together than ever. Make some noise every Friday at 7 p.m. And let your local healthcare professionals and neighbors know you’re in this fight with them, too.

 

 


Thursday, April 9, 2020 

2:22 p.m. 

Loss of Taste or Smell? Experts Report the Latest Development in Coronavirus Symptoms

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[UPDATED INFOGRAPHIC, JUNE 9]

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

11:58 a.m.

Correcting the Myths of COVID-19

“Is it true that…?” Our doctors and nurses hear questions that reveal common myths about coronavirus. Learn the truth behind the myths, and find accurate sources of health information to protect yourself and your loved ones.

10:18 a.m.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has all of us doing whatever it takes to keep each other healthy. Limiting our contact with others can help slow the spread and reduce the impact of COVID-19. But if you start to feel under the weather, most minor conditions and symptoms can be treated remotely. If you need care now, we offer several remote care options to make it easy for you to get screened for COVID-19 and get the medical care you need at home at little or no cost to you.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

4:06 p.m.

Charlotte Breweries Mix and Donate Hand Sanitizer to Atrium Health

While day-to-day brewery sales are on pause with the exception of to-go orders during the current coronavirus pandemic, two local breweries have taken it upon themselves to use their skills to give back to the community. Using their brewing tanks and stills, they have been able to mix and donate more than 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizers to Atrium Health.

Resident Culture makes hand sanitizer to donate to Atrium Health during coronavirus pandemic


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

5:10 p.m.

Through Courage and Determination, Nurses Show Unconquerable Spirit Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic

As we start to see more cases of COVID-19 in our communities, our nurses have stepped up to demonstrate exemplary commitment to care for each and every patient who walks through our doors. Here, Maureen Swick, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and System Nurse Executive, writes her appreciation to nurses who are on the frontlines during this unprecedented time.

12:06 p.m.

Coronavirus from the Frontlines: Ensuring Access to Care

Atrium Health’s providers have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, caring for patients and supporting our communities. See how Daniela Sanchez, BSN, RN, a critical care supervisor in the emergency room is leading teammates and providing care for patients.

Daniela Sanchez

9:38 a.m.

Critical Care Surgery Team Develops Hospital Blueprint for Handling Essential Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To help guide hospital surgery departments through this crisis, the acute surgery division at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., has developed a tiered plan for marshaling limited resources. Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center recommendations came about when acute care surgery team members approached the department of surgery leadership with the concept, drawing upon their different areas of expertise in disaster management.

Maximizing the calm before the storm: A tiered surgical response plan for COVID-19 

 


Monday, April 5, 2020

10:20 a.m. 

Coronavirus: Why Wearing Cloth Face Masks Is a Good Idea

To protect each other from coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth masks in public. See why and how to make your own at home.

 


Saturday, April 4, 2020

1:16 p.m.

New CDC Recommendation: Wear Cloth Face Coverings in Public Spaces where Social Distancing is Difficult to Maintain

Based on new evidence showing how a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms, CDC has issued a new recommendation to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

 


Friday, April 3, 2020

10:04 p.m. 

Tonight, Charlotte proudly sparkled with green lights to show love and support for all of our healthcare workers who have been so committed to keeping our community safe and healthy during this time. Thank you to all of our healthcare professionals! We're proud to stand beside you.

7:54 p.m. 

Make Noise to Make a Difference

Thank you to everyone in our community who stepped out on their front porch, their driveway or even out their window to make some noise for all of our healthcare workers! It was incredible to see (and hear!) everyone supporting those who have committed themselves to keeping our community stay safe and healthy. We're so appreciative of our care teams!

11:48 a.m.

Creating Handmade Face Masks to Make a Difference

As coronavirus continues to impact communities, two local groups identified an opportunity to help when they heard about the need for face masks for patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms The masks serve as a vital way to prevent exposure. See how a group of seamstresses and members of Charlotte Ballet are creating CDC approved face masks to donate to Atrium Health. Read their stories and learn how you can participate too!


Thursday, April 2, 2020

5:14 p.m.

Join Us for Our "Make Noise to Make a Difference" Community Event without Leaving Your Driveway

Get your bells, whistles, pots and pans, or whatever else you might have at your home ready to show your appreciation for our healthcare heroes. Click here to hear more details from our Facebook event, and be sure to share with friends and neighbors!

Make Noise to Make a Difference

2:24 p.m.

Using the latest epidemiological statistical analysis to predict community spread, we are anticipating potential additional volumes of approximately 3,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients beyond our currently planned surge capacity. In addition, our models suggest the surge will occur between mid-April and mid-May 2020. As seen in other cities across the nation, such a surge can quickly overwhelm hospitals, and a field hospital can act as an important relief valve. Therefore, the time to act is now to implement solutions needed to adequately care for our patients and community.

Mecklenburg County Needs to Prepare for the Surge in COVID-19 Patients and Hospital Utilization

 


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

8:16 a.m.

Coronavirus from the Frontlines: Leading a Response

Atrium Health’s providers have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, caring for patients and supporting our communities. See how Katie Passaretti, MD, our medical director for infection prevention is leading the response to keep our community safe and informed.

Dr. Katie Passaretti

 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

3:07 p.m. 

A Message from the Office of Atrium Health’s President & CEO, Eugene A. Woods

"At Atrium Health, we are prepared year round for emergency situations. It’s why FEMA has called on us many times in the past, for example, to support hurricane and other disaster relief efforts with our MED-1 mobile hospital unit and extensive ground and air transport capabilities.

That said, we understand that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new and different threat. That is why we led the effort, together with others, to successfully request the stay-at-home orders that are now in place in the state. As healthcare providers that are entrusted with caring for this community 24/7, first and foremost, we are requesting that the community adheres to this directive because each and every one of us can play a big role in reducing the spread of this virus, which will go a long way toward helping hospitals preserve needed resources.      

We have also implemented numerous other actions to create additional capacity, including halting elective and non-essential surgeries; converting thousands of patients visits to our virtual platform; and launched our Atrium Health COVID-19 Virtual Hospital initiative, just to name a few. Further, we have surge plans in place should we experience a significant influx of patients all at one time and are in daily communication with top county and state officials to coordinate our response as the situation evolves. Mostly, we want everyone to know that our number one goal is to do everything in our power to keep our patients, our teammates and our community safe."

12:12 p.m.

Atrium Health Partners with OneBlood to Host Community Blood Drives

In times of need, you may find yourself wondering how you can help your community. While there are many ways to have an impact, one very crucial way to help others in-need is by donating blood. Atrium Health is proud to partner with OneBlood to offer social-distancing safe sites for blood donations. Schedule your appointment today and you may just save a life!


Monday, March 30, 2020

4:16 p.m. 

Local Seamstress Group Creates and Distributes Homemade CDC-Approved Face Masks for Patients

A group of local seamstresses based in Lancaster, South Carolina, hold the health and safety of our teammates and patients near and dear to their hearts. For several years, the seamstresses, known as the Tree Tops Needlecrafters, have sewn many items for us, including pediatric pillowcases, seatbelt covers for cancer patients, and isolette covers for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Kathleen Sharp, one of our wonderful teammates, lives in the same community where the Tree Top Needlecrafters reside, and first came in contact with them when they were able to transform her wedding gown into dozens of “angel gowns.” Angel Gowns are donated wedding dresses that are remade into tiny baby burial gowns small enough to fit premature or newborn babies. These gowns also allow families to give their child a baptism or take pictures, so that they have a lasting, beautiful image of their child. The angel gowns created out of Kathleen’s dress were donated to Levine Children's Hospital and Atrium Health Pineville this past December. Read the story here: bit.ly/KathleenAngelGowns

As the coronavirus pandemic got close to home and news of a nationwide shortage of masks started to spread, Kathleen and the Tree Top Needlecrafters knew what their next project would be. Over the past several weeks, Kathleen and the seamstresses, in coordination with infectious disease physicians, nurses and key leaders throughout our system, created a template for a sewn mask that meets CDC guidelines and can be used after all existing face mask options are used.

While we currently have a supply of regular face mask options, the Tree Top Needlecrafters are hard at work sewing hundreds of masks that will initially be used for patients with flu-like symptoms, to help reduce exposure. In the event of a supply shortage, the masks could be used for healthcare providers.

We will begin to receive donations of sewn fabric face masks starting today - Monday, March 30.

If you would like to join the Treetop Needle Crafters along with several other local volunteer sewers, please email communitybenefit@atriumhealth.org for more information.

Instructions for adult masks.

Instructions for pediatric masks.

 

2:22 p.m. 

Q&A: What to Know about Children and Coronavirus

Have questions about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and how it may impact children? Atrium Health Levine Children's experts share what parents need to know about coronavirus and children.

9:08 a.m.

Continuing our Commitment to Excellent Cancer Care Amid COVID-19

Levine Cancer Institute’s commitment to patient care will not waver, not even during a pandemic. Here’s how we protect patients during COVID-19. Plus: Four Tips for Cancer Patients to Minimize Risk During COVID-19.

 


Sunday, March 29, 2020

5:15 p.m.

We are saddened to report that on Sunday, March 29, 2020, public health officials announced the first COVID-19 related death in Mecklenburg County. The individual was 60 years old and had underlying health conditions. Our deepest condolences to this individual's friends and family during this difficult time. 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020

4:26 p.m.

Stay-at-Home Order by Governor Cooper Applauded by Health System Leaders

In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of both the community and health care workers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), leaders from Atrium Health, CaroMont Health, Cone Health, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health support Governor Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order for North Carolina, effective at 5 p.m., on Monday, March 30.

This order will ultimately protect those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and will help preserve the necessary supplies each health system requires to care for patients during this pandemic.

9:22 a.m.

“We have great people working in this system and we will succeed.” – Dr. Beril Cakir

Like many of us, Dr. Cakir, a hospitalist at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center, has found her mind racing during a time of unknown. During her first week of social distancing, Dr. Cakir used some of her time to paint for an upcoming exhibit. As she was completing her painting, she realized that not only was the color she chose the same as something that’s been on her mind - face masks – it was also the color that represents Atrium Health.

“I was surprised by the power of subconscious mind! At that point, I decided to modify this painting into a motivational/uplifting piece for my team.” 

Dr. Cakir paints art in light of coronavirus outbreak 

“Queen city (with its crown) to fight against coronavirus

In the uncharted waters

Atrium Health above watching over the city

(To improve health, elevate hope, advance healing -- for all)

We are all in this together

Like air, we will rise.”

The painting’s message draws inspiration from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”


Thursday, March 26, 2020

3:07 p.m. 

Statement Regarding Washington Post Article

There was a concerning article published by The Washington Post describing how some hospitals are struggling with resuscitation of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the potential exposure of healthcare workers to the virus. In the text, it references Atrium Health.

To clarify, there has been no change to our policies or practices concerning patients with Do Not Resuscitate orders at Atrium Health. Our care teams work tirelessly each day to provide the highest quality care to everyone, and breathe life into our mission of improving health, elevating hope and advancing healing – for all. We extend compassionate, high-quality medical treatment and care for all, and will continue to follow all guidelines, standards and policies established by the government, CDC and professional medical societies. 

10:21 a.m.

What Does a Stay-at-Home Order Mean?

Communities across the US, including in Charlotte and surrounding areas, are issuing orders for people to stay home. But what does a stay-at-home order mean? Can you leave home at all?

A stay-at-home order is basically a stricter form of social distancing, or avoiding public places and groups of people. But even under a stay-at-home order, there are times it’s OK – and even necessary – to leave home, including to seek medical care.

According to some stay-at-home orders, you can leave home to:

  • Go to the doctor, if the visit can’t be done virtually
  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Pick up medications and healthcare needs at the pharmacy
  • Get food delivered or takeout from a restaurant or drive-thru
  • Help someone else get supplies
  • Walk, bike, jog or just spend time outdoors – as long as you’re at least 6 feet away from others
  • Take pets to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Receive deliveries from any delivery business

You should not:

  • Go to work or travel, unless it falls under what the order defines as “essential”
  • Visit friends and family if it’s not urgent
  • Gather in groups, outside of those you live with

Stay-at-home orders can vary from county to county. Keep an eye on what your county is asking, and remember: It won’t last forever. Just by staying at home as much as you can, you’re doing a big thing to protect your community.

If you think you’re having coronavirus symptoms or need help, please call our 24/7 Health Line at 704-468-8888.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 

1:27 p.m. 

Cardiovascular Care without Borders: An International Response to Coronavirus

Those with cardiovascular disease need to take every possible step to avoid exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). As coronavirus impacts communities at different rates, cardiovascular leaders worldwide are collaborating and sharing information daily across digital and video platforms. Using research and CDC guidelines, clinicians and other healthcare workers caring for cardiovascular patients are putting informed clinical recommendations into practice. Read answers to some of the top cardiovascular questions from Dr. Hadley Wilson, executive vice chair of Atrium Health's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.

11:12 a.m.

Coronavirus from the Frontlines: A Time to Jump in and Help

Atrium Health’s providers have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, caring for patients and supporting our communities. See how Stephanie "Coop" Cooper, RN, is providing care and soothing anxieties at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center. 

As the coronavirus pandemic grows, registered nurse Stephanie Cooper stepped in to help, without any hesitation. Learn more.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

4:26 p.m.

For the safety of healthcare workers and to expedite returning to good health and prosperity, Atrium Health and Novant Health urges Mecklenburg County to issue stay-at-home orders.

Stay-in-Home Order Needed to Expedite Returning Mecklenburg County to Good Health and Prosperity

2:58 p.m. 

[Charlotte Agenda coverage] 

Pregnancy and Coronavirus: Atrium Health’s Dr. Lorene Atkins Temming Answers 16 Questions

Is a pregnant woman at higher risk of contracting COVID-19? What can pregnant women do to protect themselves? What should I do if I’m pregnant and test positive? These are some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 that expecting mothers are seeking answers for. Dr. Lorene Atkins Temming, an OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine physician with Atrium Health responds to questions that moms-to-be might be asking themselves during this time. 

[WBTV Coverage]

Can Coronavirus Affect Pregnant Women?

8:37 a.m.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Becomes Pit Stop for Atrium Health Coronavirus Testing

In partnership with the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atrium Health has created a Coronavirus Testing Center at zMAX Dragway. The remote testing site provides a convenient location for residents of northern Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties to have their tests performed when ordered by their physician. The speedway has become the first professional sports venue in the country to serve the community as a remote testing site during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Atrium Health has several additional sites throughout the Charlotte region, each in locations designed to provide a secure, private environment for patients to be tested. 


Monday, March 23, 2020

1:34 p.m.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issues new executive order closing all public K-12 schools across the state for in-person instruction until May 15, 2020.  

8:20 a.m.

Dr. Scott Rissmiller Announces Atrium Health’s New Virtual Program

Telemedicine is becoming more and more important to ease resources at hospitals and other healthcare facilities as the pandemic progresses. On Sunday, March 22, Scott Rissmiller, MD, Atrium Health EVP and Chief Physician Executive, was live on Fox News’ Fox & Friends discussing how telemedicine works during the coronavirus outbreak as Atrium Health has been utilizing telemedicine with Virtual Visits for almost a decade.

Dr. Rissmiller also announced a new Atrium Health virtual program deploying on Sunday. Once a patient is tested for coronavirus in an Atrium Health facility, a bag of remote monitoring devices can be sent home with the person. The to-go tools include blood pressure cuffs and the ability to monitor oxygen levels so the care team can virtually check on the at-home patient multiple times a day.

Dr. Scott Rissmiller announces new Atrium Health telehealth program during COVID-19 outbreak on Fox News' Fox & Friends 

 


Sunday, March 22, 2020

9:18 a.m.

Our teammates on the frontlines come into work every day to provide care for patients through the evolving coronavirus situation, rising to its challenges under stressful circumstances.

Through this difficult time we could all use some light to soothe our minds, bodies and spirits. 

So, Atrium Health’s Spiritual Care and Education teammates would like to share this meditation poem and prayer, while asking for your continued commitment to bring health, hope and healing, because we’re all in this together.

 


Saturday, March 21, 2020

8:42 p.m.

How can we reduce a child's anxiety about coronavirus?

Parents are dealing with a lot in trying to process the latest coronavirus news while also keeping their families safe and secure. Dr. Gillian Regan, pediatric psychologist at Levine Children’s, offers some comfort and tips for how to also make sure kids are dealing with their emotions in a healthy way.


Friday, March 20, 2020

2:16 p.m.

Is It COVID-19, the Flu, a Cold, or Seasonal Allergies?

Between COVID-19, influenza, the common cold and seasonal allergies, it can be tough to tell the difference between all four. To help you understand the symptoms for each condition, check out this infographic that will help you to decide when to seek care for your symptoms.

[DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC]

How to tell the difference between COVID-19, the flu, a common cold and seasonal allergies. 

9:06 a.m.

Ways to Stay Social During Social Distancing

We get it as much as the next person – social distancing can be challenging. But in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, we must make sure to avoid contact with others in big groups and public settings. 

As we adjust to this new normal, check out this infographic for ways in which you can continue to stay social in a safe way – and maybe even build a new set of hobbies and skills along the way!

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How to adhere to social distancing during coronavirus outbreak 

 


Thursday, March 19, 2020 

10:23 p.m.

David A. Tepper Charitable Foundation Donates $1 Million to Atrium Health and Novant Health

Copy: The David A.Tepper Charitable Foundation has made a $1 million donation, with Atrium Health Foundation receiving $650,000, and Novant Health Foundation receiving $350,000. This donation will be used across the Carolinas to support efforts surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

The $650,000 gift will be directed to the newly established Atrium Health Essential Needs Fund. As individuals are looking for ways to support Atrium Health during these uncertain times, the Atrium Health Essential Needs Fund will support Atrium Health’s response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and future essential needs. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

4:43 p.m. 

Atrium Health Enhances Visitor Restrictions to Essential Visitation Only

Effective Thursday, March 19, Atrium Health is restricting visitor access to include essential visitation only to help protect patients from the spread of coronavirus.

10:15 a.m.

Dr. Scott Rissmiller Breaks Down the Barriers to Virtual Health Visits

On Wednesday, March 17, the White House announced that seniors in the Medicare program will receive expanded telehealth coverage in the hopes that this will limit the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. Using telehealth programs, these individuals can talk to their doctor about their medical conditions from the safety of their own home.

Scott Rissmiller, MD, Atrium Health EVP and Chief Physician Executive, was live on FOX News discussing the significance of this announcement and the overall importance of telemedicine during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more. 

Dr. Scott Rissmiller speaks on Fox News about the expansion of telehealth coverage under the care of Medicare plans.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3:12 p.m.

Non-Essential Surgeries, Procedures and Ambulatory Appointments to be Rescheduled

Following the guidelines from the U.S. Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons, Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Novant Health are rescheduling non-essential surgeries, procedures and ambulatory appointments, effective Wednesday, March 18. Any emergency and essential services will continue uninterrupted.

2:15 p.m.

North Carolina to Close Restaurants and Bars for Dine-In Customers, Allow Takeout and Delivery Operations to Continue 

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina restaurants and bars will be closed to sit-down service and limited to take-out or delivery orders starting at 5 p.m., March 17, 2020. Grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores, are exempt from this order and will remain open, though they may not serve sit-down food.


Monday, March 16, 2020

9:20 p.m.

White House Issues New Coronavirus Guidelines for America

On Monday, March 16, 2020 President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak. According to this new guidance, the White House is advising all Americans avoid groups of more than 10 people and urges older individuals to stay at home.

The White House issues new guidelines to combat COVID-19

The White House issues new guidelines to combat COVID-19  

3:35 p.m.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will provide grab-and-go meals free of charge for anyone 18-years old and under while schools remain closed. Lunch (and breakfast for the next day) will be served in participating school parking lots.

Meals will be distributed Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

 

11:52 a.m.

First COVID-19 Death in South Carolina

It is with heavy hearts that we report that the first COVID-19-related death has occurred in the state of South Carolina. The elderly patient was from Lexington County and resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility. At this time, there are no deaths that have been reported in North Carolina.

Please join us in keeping their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers, and remember to continue to practice disease prevention measures in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

 

 


Sunday, March 15, 2020

6:41 p.m.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Issue New National Guidelines for COVID-19

As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, the CDC has issued national guidelines that recommends for the next 8 weeks organizers (both groups and individuals) cancel or postpone all in-person events of 50 people or more throughout the United States. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. 

5:52 p.m. 

10 Things to Know About Atrium Health’s Coronavirus Response

At Atrium Health, we're here to support our community in times of need. See how we're working to contain and treat the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-20).

4:21 p.m.

Two additional Mecklenburg County residents have tested positively for COVID-19, bringing the total countywide to four. Public officials stated that both are being isolated at home and that family members are being quarantined as well. 


Saturday, March 14, 2020

4:30 p.m.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper held a briefing along with health and education leaders on Saturday, March 14, to announce that NC public grade schools are required to close starting March 16 for at least two weeks along with other mandates.

 


Friday, March 13, 2020

4:15 p.m.

On Friday, March 13, two Facebook Live panels were held at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center to address the latest concerns surrounding COVID-19. The topics covered on one of the panels centered around the adult population and consisted of experts from multiple services lines across Atrium Health. The second panel focused on questions regarding children with a group of representatives from Atrium Health Levine Children’s.

Members of the panel streamed live on Atrium Health’s Facebook page:

Members of the panel streamed live on Levine Children’s Facebook page:


Thursday, March 12, 2020

12:35 p.m.

On Thursday, March 12, public officials confirmed that there are two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County. One is a county resident and the other resides outside of the county. Both are currently in isolation. Mecklenburg County will be issuing a full investigation and issuing quarantine orders for those who have been in close contact with those individuals.

Jim Hunter, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Atrium Health says that hospital staff are trained and ready to treat patients as the situation progresses. Watch the press conference below for more information. 

 


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

1:02 p.m. 

Additional Hospital Visitor Restrictions Now in Effect for Coronavirus Disease 2019 [Atrium Health]

In conjunction with six other regional health systems, Atrium Health is expanding visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In light of Governor Cooper’s declaration of a state of emergency in North Carolina due to the virus, Atrium Health is taking this additional measure to protect the health of our patients, their loved ones and our medical staff.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020 

4:28 p.m.

[DOWNLOADABLE INFOGRAPHIC

Things to know about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infographic provided by Atrium Health 

3:34 p.m.

Governor Cooper Declares State of Emergency to Respond to Coronavirus COVID-19 [NC Governor Roy Cooper]

11:16 a.m. 

More Than Five People in North Carolina Test Positive for COVID-19 [NCDHHS]

On Monday, March 9, five more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Wake County, North Carolina, bringing the state total to seven presumably positive cases. 


Friday, March 6, 2020

11:13 a.m.

Feeling Sick and Worried About Coronavirus? Here's What You Should Do [CHARLOTTE AGENDA]

Just a cough or a runny nose isn’t reason enough to think you have  COVID-19. It is allergy season after all.

But if you’re feeling under the weather — especially if you think there’s a chance you may have been exposed to COVID-19 — here are six things you can do, according to experts at Atrium Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

1:27 p.m.

Following the recent announcement about the first case of COVID-19 in the Carolinas on March 3, 2020, Dr. Katie Passaretti sat down to assure the public that the positive case in Wake County isn't cause for panic and goes on to list several preventative tips that everyone needs to know in order to keep you and your family healthy.

12:04 p.m.

According to the governor's office, the first case of COVID-19 has been identified in North Carolina. Officials say the man from Wake County contracted the virus during a visit to Washington state, where he was exposed to a long-term care facility at the center of the outbreak. Atrium Health's Dr. Katie Passaretti says that although this case was in Raleigh, we can expect that there is a possibility it will spread to Charlotte. Despite these chances, she assures the public not to worry and emphasized that Atrium Health is ready and prepared in the case it reaches the area.

Read WSOC coverage.

Governor Roy Cooper gives public announcement about first positive coronavirus cases in North Carolina.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

4:43 p.m.

North Carolina identifies its first case of COVID-19 in Wake County.

4:00 p.m. 

Community Resources

[*see bottom of page for full list of resources.]

  • The Centers for Disease Control has assembled a number of helpful resources that are able to be printed off and posted or shared with others about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Learn more about a variety of topics associated with COVID-19 on the CDC’s YouTube channel.
  • Mecklenburg County Public Health Department also lists resources on its page.

Dr. Katie Passaretti on WFAE 


What to Know About the Potentially Life-Threatening Virus Spreading Across the Globe

The World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Atrium Health Infectious Disease specialists are closely monitoring a rapidly evolving outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new (novel) type of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that result in illnesses ranging from the common cold to potentially deadly effects. Katie Passaretti, MD, medical director of Infection Prevention at Atrium Health shares her answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the virus in addition to providing resources and safety tips for travelers who may be at-risk during this time.

Initial cases had some link to direct contact with a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, as the situation has evolved, the virus has developed the ability to be transmitted effectively from person-to-person including within the community and healthcare settings. While the CDC has declared that the public health threat posed by COVID-19 in the United States is high at this time, current individual risk is considered low. The level of individual risk is highly dependent on exposure to infected persons, who are being strictly quarantined and monitored when detected by healthcare workers and global health authorities.

Current estimates from the WHO of the total number of infections globally is over 81,000, with 2,718 deaths, as of February 26, 2020. Most of these cases have been identified in China, however over the past few days the number of new cases in areas outside of China have been greater than new cases within China.There is now evidence of sustained transmission in South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran. In comparison, as of February 26, there have been 15 confirmed cases within the United States, with no reported deaths. These numbers are likely to continue to increase as we learn more. Deaths in China from COVID-19 have occurred primarily in individuals over the age of 65 with multiple health conditions.

What are the symptoms?

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing like many other respiratory viruses circulating this time of year.

If I have those symptoms, is it likely I have COVID-19?

First, there are multiple types of coronavirus, including the common cold, so if you go to the doctor and see that in your paperwork, don’t be alarmed.

Living here in the Carolinas, right now it’s far more likely that you would have the flu, which has many of the same symptoms, or another type of respiratory virus. There are no confirmed cases in the Carolinas (as of 2/28/2020)

(UPDATE: first case in N.C. declared in Wake County 3/3/2020). 

If you are concerned, you should consult with your healthcare provider. With the prevalence of flu and other viruses right now, many people are electing to do virtual visits. They can have a medical evaluation using the camera on their laptop, tablet or smartphone without having to go to the doctor’s office or urgent care center. If it’s determined you need medicine, they’ll call a prescription in to your pharmacy of choice.

How can I protect myself? 

We’re stressing to people to continue to take the common sense steps you would normally take to avoid catching a virus. Everyone should wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough and stay home when they’re sick.

How is Atrium Health managing potential cases?

Currently the majority of cases in the United States have been returning travelers from areas with many cases. Currently, we identify at-risk patients initially by obtaining a good travel history. Any patient with fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness AND either travel from areas of the world known to have had a spike in cases within the 14 days prior to symptom onset OR close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is immediately moved to an isolated room and our staff begins taking additional precautions, including with their personal protective equipment while the person is evaluated by our infection prevention specialists.

How is testing done?

Testing patients who meet the criteria above is coordinated in consultation with the CDC. Infection Prevention at Atrium Health will assist with the coordination. The CDC recommends collecting specimens from the lower respiratory, upper respiratory and blood, so they would swab the patient’s throat and nose and obtain a blood sample. Other samples, such as phlegm, may be collected depending on the patient’s symptoms. This novel virus is not one that will be detected on our typical respiratory pathogen panel, so these tests are sent off to the state and /or the CDC for results. 

If I think I have COVID-19, where should I go?

Unless you have had travel to an area where COVID-19 is actively circulating, it is less likely that you have the virus. If you have had travel to affected areas or have a known contact with COVID-19 AND have fever/respiratory viral symptoms, it’s important that you call ahead to your provider. They can help you identify the best option for you. It’s also essential to do this so the necessary steps can be taken to evaluate and manage your condition without putting others at risk. Testing for COVID-19 is limited mostly to patients who are ill enough to be hospitalized or are a known contact of a patient with coronavirus. Asymptomatic individuals do not need to be tested even if risk factors. 


Additional Resources

As we learn more about this, new pathogen recommendations above may change. We will continue to update as the situation evolves.

Residents in North Carolina with questions or concerns about COVID-19 may call the newly established Coronavirus Line: 1-866-462-3821. The helpline number is staffed by North Carolina Poison Control 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Nurses and pharmacists handling the calls can help people know:

  • How COVID-19 is spread
  • Whether or not a person is at risk
  • What precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • What the symptoms are of COVID-19
  • What to do if COVID-19 is suspected

If you’re not feeling well, a great option to avoid spreading what you might have and possibly catching something else is a virtual visit. Using your home computer, tablet or smartphone, you can have a live consultation. Depending on your diagnosis, we can call a prescription in to your favorite pharmacy. Its fact, convenient and affordable.

People can also visit CDC's website for more information.


Community Resources

  • The Centers for Disease Control has assembled a number of helpful resources that are able to be printed off and posted or shared with others about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Learn more about a variety of topics associated with COVID-19 on the CDC’s YouTube channel.
  • Mecklenburg County Public Health Department also lists resources on its page.