Wabash Valley hospital restrictions for COVID-19

Wabash Valley hospitals have started putting restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Posted: Mar 5, 2020 3:46 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 10:28 PM

Several Wabash Valley hospitals have put restrictions in place due to COVID-19. 

REGIONAL HOSPITAL 

With coronavirus (COVID-19), the safety of Terre Haute Regional Hospital patients and visitors remains our top priority. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and our clinical teams are highly trained in infection prevention protocols. Terre Haute Regional Hospital is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in partnership with our local and state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

UNION HOSPITAL - Terre Haute and Clinton  UPDATED MARCH 13

Effective Monday, March 16th: visitation will not be permitted at Union Health facilities with the following exceptions:

1. Emergency Department (ED)- 1 visitor only

2. Inpatient Surgery (day of surgery only)- 1 visitor only

3. Outpatient Surgery- 1 visitor only

4. Outpatient Testing- 1 visitor only

5. Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)- 2 visitors (parents)

6. OB/Labor Room- one visitor only

7. Pediatrics- 1 parent only

GREENE COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL  - UPDATED MARCH 13

Due to growing statewide COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, Greene County General Hospital is suspending visitors to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are working closely with the local Health Department to evaluate the situation frequently and are updating restrictions as advised by the Health Department, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Per the ISDH, currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greene County, but because GCGH is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and the community, we are restricting visitors as a precaution. In addition, we are sharing the following recommendations:

1. The CDC is recommending that no one shake hands, hug others, or engage in non-essential physical contact.
2. The CDC recommends proper hand hygiene including washing hands or using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content.
3. Governor Holcomb has recommended that individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease should limit their public exposure.
4. The ISDH recommends staying home in self-isolation unless there is a serious medical situation requiring attention.

In addition to the visitor restrictions, GCGH has educated our staff about the CDC and ISDH guidelines during the public health state of emergency. It is important that we are on high alert for potential coronavirus COVID-19 cases. In the case of a patient suspecting they have the coronavirus; our staff is prepared to respond with the following actions:
GCGH is prepared to screen patients suspected of a coronavirus infection by asking:

1. Has the patient traveled, been exposed to someone who traveled or who has been exposed to a positive case in the past 14-30 days?
2. Does the patient have the following symptoms?
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Shortness of breath

3. State and local health officials stressed that anyone with symptoms should call their doctor or hospital before seeking care. Advanced notice allows our providers to prepare for the patient's arrival, reducing exposure to staff and other patients. The GCGH main phone number is 812-847-2281 and the My Clinics phone number is 812-847-4481.
4. Anyone with questions or concerns should call the Indiana State Department of Health coronavirus hotline at 317-233-7125 or the after-hours hotline at 317-233-1325.
5. The best resources for coronavirus COVID-19 information are the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/ and the ISDH website https://www.in.gov/isdh/

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL 

Good Samaritan is taking extra precautions to protect patients, employees, visitors and the general public following the Indiana State Department of Health announcing confirmed cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Indiana. This is the lastest update on procedures being put into place at Good Samaritan.

We will be suspending Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab Services effective Wednesday, March 18th and until further notice.

Beginning March 16, 2020, hospital officials ask that non-essential visitors refrain from coming to the hospital at all, including for the cafeteria, coffee shop and gift shop.

At Physician Network offices patients will be limited to one visitor accompanying them who is over the age of 18. However, anyone above the age of 65 will be asked to remain outside of the clinic.

Routine rapid COVID-19 testing is not currently available in our facility or community at this time. The only testing option available must be mailed. The wait time for results from this test is currently 48 hours, but is anticipated to become longer as demand increases throughout the U.S. If someone is experiencing fever of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath, please continue to call the 24/7 nurse triage line at 812-450-6555. Physician offices remain open, but all patients will be screened upon entrance. Those found to have any symptoms will be asked to wear a mask and be isolated while they wait.

Good Samaritan asks the public to please continue to practice social distancing and only present to the hospital or medical offices if emergent need arises and/or a planned medical procedure remains scheduled. As medical staff continues to work diligently to care for an increasing number of patients, Good Samaritan asks for continued patience and understanding of the public.

CRAWFORD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

In response to the growing number of Coronavirus COVID-19 cases nationwide, Crawford Memorial Hospital and its clinics are implementing the next phase of its pandemic response.

Public Lockdown
CMH will continue providing all patient services and care. However, effective at 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, CMH will no longer allow visitors or admittance to the general public. This includes the hospital, its Outpatient Therapy Center, the Surgery Center, and the Robinson, Palestine and Oblong Rural Health Clinics. The ONLY exception will be caregivers age 16 or older who assist patients. All patients and caregivers will be screened before being allowed to enter the building.

Additionally, the lab at the Robinson Rural Health Clinic will be closed. Patients who typically use this lab should go to the lab inside the hospital.

Coronavirus patients
The symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. You are at a higher risk for the disease if you have a history of recent travel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms – especially if you have traveled – please call 544-3131 BEFORE coming to the hospital. You will be screened over the phone and may be referred to the health department.

SULLIVAN COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, SCCH officials are severely restricting visitors to the hospital campus in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.
Beginning Monday morning at 6:00 AM, NO VISITORS will be permitted at the hospital. One visitor may be considered in the following areas:

  • OB
  • Pediatrics
  • ER
  • Outpatient Rehab
  • Outpatient Surgery

In end of life situations, two visitors will be allowed per patient. A patient who is directly admitted to the hospital may have one visitor present during the admission process only.
All visitors must pass a health screen each day.
State and local health officials stressed that anyone with symptoms should call their doctor or hospital before seeking care. Advanced notice allows our providers to prepare for the patient's arrival, reducing exposure to staff and other patients.

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