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GMC accepting patients again after computer virus scare

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Both Gwinnett Medical Center campuses were accepting all patients again Saturday afer they were hit with a computer virus on Wednesday.

GMC Spokeswomen Beth Okun said that the systems have been stable and virus-free since 3 p.m. Friday, but had only been accepting those with extreme respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest or traumatic arrest.

"Gwinnett Medical Center has transitioned from paper records to an online system in our Emergency Departments," she said. "As a result, we are no longer on trauma bypass and are accepting all patients."

Since Wednesday, the hospitals have been relying on runners where computers would usually get the job done and all Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services ambulances were being directed to take patients to "the next closest appropriate facility."

"We are trying to identify the systems that can be brought back up," Okun said. "It will be a gradual process, but we want to make sure each function is working before starting another."

GMC Duluth and Lawrenceville remain fully functional, but will continue to operate primarily on a paper-based system throughout the weekend until it's able "to restore interconnectivity to our computer systems," according to Okun.