Keeping informed about health news is the first defense to protect yourself
from contracting an infectious disease and prevent the rapid spread of
viruses. Taking simple precautions can make a big impact on your health
and the health of those you come into contact with every day. Learn more
about infectious diseases, how they spread, where they are located and
how to avoid them by reading the below articles.
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses named for the crown-like spikes on
the surface of the virus. These range from viruses that cause the common
cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome (MERS). The latest coronavirus originating in China is called
the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Although Americans are at a greater
risk of getting seriously ill from the influenza virus than the coronavirus,
our infectious disease team is prepared should cases of coronavirus reach
The Zika virus is now making headlines due to outbreaks as well as the
reported risk to pregnant women which results in babies with birth defects.
As per the latest information provided by the CDC, the Zika virus has
not been transmitted within the United States. Cases of Zika virus have
been reported in returning travelers within the United States.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries
in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States
is very low, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and partners are taking
precautions to prevent this from happening.
Depending on the severity of inclement weather, tropical storms and hurricanes
may impact Health System services, locations and physician practices.
For the most updated information regarding location closings and patient
care, click on the links below:
Hurricane Irma is expected to impact southeast Georgia on Monday, September
11. Due to the anticipated weather conditions, and for the safety of our
patients and team members, select services and locations will be closed.
Find the most updated information regarding location closings and patient
Hurricane Matthew is expected to impact southeast Georgia late Thursday,
Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 8. Due to the anticipated weather conditions,
and for the safety of our patients and team members, select services and
locations will be closed. Find the most updated information regarding
location closings and patient care below.
Tropical Storm Hermine
Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to impact Glynn County late Thursday,
Sept. 1 through Friday, Sept. 2. Due to the anticipated weather conditions,
select Southeast Georgia Health System services and locations will be
closed on Friday, Sept. 2.