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Update: Gwinnett Medical Accepting All Patients Again

Computer virus hit hospital earlier, but did not affect life-saving equipment.

Updated 11:16 a.m., Dec. 11, 2011

 is practically back to normal after being  last week. The virus forced both the Lawrenceville and Duluth campuses to send Trauma 2 patients to other facilities.

GMC Spokeswoman Beth Okun sent the following statement to Patch on Saturday evening: "Gwinnett Medical Center has transitioned from paper records to an online system in our Emergency Departments. As a result, we are no longer on trauma by-pass and are accepting all patients. This decision was made by our trauma surgeon. Furthermore, our technical monitoring systems have shown no evidence of the virus since yesterday (Friday) afternoon. We are following our plan to restore interconnectivity to our computer systems."

Earlier, the computer system has been struck by a virus, and the facilities were instructing ambulances to take patients elsewhere when possible.

Okun had said the virus was identified Wednesday. "What this means is that there may be a slight delay at registration as we are operating on a paper system." 

The hospital's Lawrenceville and Duluth facilities diverted Level 2 trauma cases. "If someone has a sore throat or sprained ankle, we're asking them to contact other providers," said Okun.

Okun added that the virus affected the interconnectivity of the computers and stressed that it did not affected any of the life-saving equipment used in the hospital.

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