Bibb County

It’s no secret that rural hospitals around the country face challenges that larger facilities do not, even when there isn’t a pandemic going on.

This week WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton checked in with rural hospitals in our area, to see how they are holding up during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It has been a really busy couple of months,” Bibb Medical Center CEO Joseph Marchant said.  “It has been interesting. We have been blessed in Bibb County to not have some of the huge numbers that you see nationally or in other parts of the state. ”

Bibb Medical has tested over 300 people for COVID-19 and confirmed 26 positive cases. Currently only four patients are being treated in-house at Bibb Medical Center for Coronavirus. Marchant said those patients are all doing well along with several of his staff members who have also tested positive for the virus.

“If you look nationally, that is one of the biggest concerns is how many healthcare workers are being infected,” Marchant said. “We have been blessed here. We have had a few people test positive but are very thankful they are doing very well and most have already returned to work.”

Marchant said it’s encouraging news like this that keeps morale high at his facility.

“There’s been a lot of support provided from our community and I know that has helped,” he said. “There have been a lot of thank you’s. Businesses, individuals reaching out; there have been a lot of things. We as an organization have tried to acknowledge those front line health care heroes with social media campaigns and certainly just things around the facility in ways that we can creatively. Whether it’s through meals, or and just simple thank yous, I know that we can’t tell them enough.”

Like health care facilities around the state, Bibb Medical Center has lifted some restrictions and are now doing elective procedures again. Marchant said it is important that people still seek advice from medical professionals.

“We have got to do a good job of really putting out more information about all the things that we do,” Marchant said.  “We need to let people know that it is safe to come to healthcare facilities. I think there has been a lot of messaging that has made people fearful. I think that is concerning because they have a lot of medical conditions that they need to make sure they are managing and they don’t want this to deter them from getting what they need.”

As of May 5, 2020, Bibb Medical Center had not reported any COVID-19 related deaths.

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