COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) — Local hospitals are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning everyone about the coronavirus.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus said it will be ready for whatever happens.
"Obviously, influenza is our biggest concern at the moment," said Dr. Genelle Pernia. "We are, however, working with the Mississippi State Department of Health on the coronavirus preparedness."
It's a process that she said allows the hospital to identify potential coronavirus patients early.
It's also a process that includes screening questions which the hospital has been using for the past six weeks.
In a statement, the hospital said it has been linked to the the CDC's travel alert system as well as other measures that are being practiced.
Meanwhile, the hospitals operated by North Mississippi Health Services have told the emergency room staff to mask, isolate and call the health department if anyone suspected of having coronavirus shows up there.
The hospital system has also posted signs telling people who believe they have the coronavirus to not enter their buildings but go back to their vehicle and call 1-800-882-6274 for instructions on how to proceed with medical treatment.