Schools, Hospitals, Restaurants and Fort Gordon Impacted by Richmond County Boil Water Advisory

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Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Below is the latest list of schools, medical centers, and businesses that are closing on Thursday, February 11th in Richmond County due to the Boil Water Advisory.

SCHOOLS

Richmond County schools will be closed Thursday. All 11th and 12th Month Employees are expected to report to work.

Richmond County Head Start Centers will be closed Thursday. The center will follow Richmond County School System’s re-opening schedule. All employees are expected to report to work.

C.H. Terrell Academy will be closed Thursday.

Restaurants — Below is a statement from the Richmond County Health Department

“The Richmond County Health Department in conjunction with Augusta, Georgia Leaders as a precautionary measure are asking all restaurants north of the Gordon Highway not to open due the boil water advisory in affect in the Augusta area unless they have a written plan to address the boil water advisory. This is effective until the boil water advisory is lifted, or they can demonstrate to the health department they can operate safely.

The health department will send an Environmental Inspector out to verify their plan to operate during the advisory. Otherwise, if they cannot produce a written plan they are to remain closed. ”

HOSPITALS

Augusta University Health System is addressing this Boil Water Advisory.

A spokesperson tells us, after being notified of the possible contamination, Augusta University (AU) leaders convened in the incident command center to initiate their already in place plans, including checking their bottled water supply, and immediately stopping the use of tap water. Signs were placed on water fountains, and a truck load of bottled water was brought in Wednesday morning. AU leaders say they were ready and saw minimal impact to patient care.

“Some people say well, it’s boiled water – is it really that big of a deal, but in a health care center, it is a very big deal so you need to make sure you’re prepared and that you have the appropriate next steps to how to deal with that, said Shawn Vincent, who is the AU Health interim COO.

AU Health did have to alter some of its elective surgical cases, mainly around the area of endoscopy. They’ll now continue to monitor the Boil Water Advisory to ensure patient safety.

Trinity Hospital
Trinity Hospital of Augusta continues to provide services with minimal disruption. A small number of procedures were rescheduled but patient care continues otherwise uninterrupted today. Patients who have questions can call (706) 481-7000. Officials say the safety of their patient, visitors, employees and physicians is their top priority. Officals say have plans in place to respond to a number of emergencies, including water system contamination, and they have shut off access to municipal water and are providing bottled water until this is resolved.

Doctors Hospital
Doctors Hospital tells us that surgeries will continue as scheduled. Some elective procedures have been postponed, but those procedures can still be done, in an emergency. Officials say the faciity has plenty of bottled water on site for patients and staff.

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

As a Level 1A facility, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC) officials tell us that they are prepared for situations such the current Boil Water Advisory issued for most of Augusta, as well as Fort Gordon. Due to this alert and the potential risks to patients and staff, CNVAMC officials have implemented the following response plan:

•    Bottled water has been provided to patients and employees.
•    All ice machines, water fountains, and beverage dispensers have been taken out of service.  These will be purged and cleaned prior to being put back into service.
•    All inpatient and outpatient procedures that require tap water have been suspended until the water is deemed safe.
•    Patients, visitors and staff have been cautioned not to consume or use water that has not been boiled until further notice.
•    The Augusta Utilities Department expects the boil advisory to be in effect through at least mid-day Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.
•    Outpatient Clinics are fully operational.

Fort Gordon – Closings and other advisories

  • Freedom Park School – CLOSED Today, but the Child Development Centers will remain open.
  • For information on reporting for duty, individuals are encouraged to contact their chain of command.
  • The entire Fort Gordon Work Force is strongly encouraged to bring bottled water for their personal use.

Count on News Channel Six to update you throughout the day on the latest closings.

 

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