Harton Hospital alters visitation in response to COVID-19

Tennova Healthcare Harton in Tullahoma recently reduced visting hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. {Graphic Provided}

TULLAHOMA — Having a family member or friend face an uncertain medical situation is stressful under any condition. The need for social distancing to protect others only complicates that.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Harton Hospital (Tennova Healthcare) will alter their visitation guidelines until further notice. Visiting hours will be limited and all visitors must pass a health screen before entering the hospital. Also, all visitor must be over the age of 16.

Hospital officials will lock the main entrance at 7 p.m. each weekday. On weekends, the only entry into the building will be through the Emergency Department entrance.

Additionally, all patients are being screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. If a physician determines any patient meets the criteria, they will order testing, according to the hospital’s website.

They also remind the public that should you develop mild symptoms, the best course of action is to stay quarantines inside your home. Only patients with severe symptoms and difficulty breathing should seek care. Elderly patients and those who are immunocompromised should also seek care as soon as possible.

As of Thursday at 2 p.m., there were no confirmed cases in Coffee County. •

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Short Springs work day planned for Feb. 29

Short Springs Natural Area boasts the Bobo Creek and Machine Gun Falls. Volunteers plan a public work day on Feb. 29. {Lynchburg Times Photo}

COFFEE COUNTY — Friends of Short Springs Natural Area plan a public work day for Saturday, February 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will work to clear the trails for the increased numbers of folks who will visit the area this spring.

Located just three miles from Tullahoma on Short Springs Road in Coffee County, the 420-acre natural area offers a great geological example of the contrast between the Highland Rim and Central Basin. Visitors can enjoy exposed black Chattanooga shale, thickets of mountain laurel, and a dry oak-hickory of trees. You’ll also find towering sycamore, buckeye, magnolia, beech, and tulip poplar trees. It’s one of the best areas in the state to see spring wildflowers and includes Machine Guns Falls, a popular hiking destination. It’s owned jointly by the State of Tennessee, TVA, and the City of Tullahoma.

Volunteers will cut away trees blocking the public trails, remove garbage, and clean out water bars. Those planning to attend should bring their own safety gear, garbage bags, tools, water, and a snack. Friends of Short Springs sponsors work days in all months that contain five Saturdays. If you plan to attend, visit the event’s Facebook page for more information. For directions to the site, click here. •

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