COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Update
Information for Patients / Información para pacientes
Good Samaritan Health Center is here to support our patients and community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. If you have questions about coronavirus, have symptoms of coronavirus, or are concerned you have been exposed, please call 404-523-6571 to be connected to our coronavirus hotline. For your protection and to decrease the spread of COVID-19, please call before coming to the clinic. If you are experiencing severe difficulty breathing, call 911 for emergency assistance.
Good Samaritan Health Center está aquí para apoyar a nuestros pacientes y a la comunidad durante la crisis creada por el coronavirus (COVID-19). Si tiene cualquier pregunta sobre coronavirus, los síntomas de coronavirus, or piensa que a lo mejor ha sido expuesto al virus, por favor llame nuestra línea general: 404-523-6571 para conectarse a la línea de información de coronavirus. Si está teniendo problemas para respirar, llame a 911. Por su protección y para disminuir la propagación de COVID-19, por favor llame en vez de venir a la clínica en persona.
Good Samaritan Health Center is not able to offer Coronavirus testing.
Need healthcare after hours?
Sign up for free telehealth services from the comfort of your home. Text “westside” to 51555 and follow the prompts to sign up. Please select Westside Future Fund as your Westside Partner/Sponsor.
For more information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, see our facts sheets:
People with Weakened Immune Systems:
Debunking 19 Myths About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Good Samaritan Health Center is closely monitoring recommendations from the CDC and the Department of Health and is a member of the Coronavirus Support Network. We have taken the following actions to support our patients, staff, and community:
- We have a protocol in place to maximize the identification and appropriate assessment of people suspected to have coronavirus while minimizing exposure to the staff and other patients.
- We have a phone call response protocol to help inform and direct patients, increasing the number of people who can receive appropriate guidance without coming into the clinic.
- We have increased our supply of protective equipment and are working through the Network to have access to additional supplies if needed.
- We have a weekly all-staff update to keep our staff informed of changes and review polities.
For clinics and community organizations wanting information and patient resources, you can visit http://coronavirusnetwork.org/resources/.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.
We will continue to post updates as they are available.
Virtual Transform Westside Summit Friday, Mar. 20 on COVID-19.
For Our Supporters from Dr. Bill Warren
Many of you have reached out to the Good Samaritan Health Center to inquire about our response to the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you so much for your concern and your prayers.
As a Christian safety net charitable clinic, the Good Samaritan Health Center has always served the most vulnerable. Consistent with the story of the Good Samaritan from the Biblical scriptures, we recognize that the care of our patients may sometimes involve significant expense and risk. Still, we go to the furthest extent possible to help our patients get well.
Our approach to handling the current coronavirus situation is no different. We will remain open for business Monday-Saturday as usual and are closely adhering to recommended practices by the CDC. Existing patients and those residing in 30318 and 30314 ZIP codes remain our top priorities.
My leadership team is participating in a Coronavirus Support Network for preparedness planning. At this point, we expect we will need to purchase testing kits and additional protective equipment. We also stand ready to increase staff capacity and add a phone hotline if the need dramatically increases.
We do not operate from a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), but one of preparedness. Would you consider praying for us and giving an additional gift to Good Sam to support our coronavirus preparedness efforts? In these uncertain times, our patients need us more than ever.
Thank you in advance for helping us to be a Good Samaritan to the City of Atlanta.
Dr. Bill Warren
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.