COVID-19 (coronavirus) – What You Need to Know.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, and develop a fever above 100.4, experience symptoms of respiratory illness such as a cough or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, and/or myalgia, contact your healthcare provider or one of the hotlines (listed below) by telephone immediately. It is critical for you to call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office, immediate care center, or seek emergency medical care.
***Indiana State Department of Health at 877-826-0011
***Kentucky COVID-19 Hotline 800-722-5725
Click here to find the latest information on COVID-19 from the CDC.
Please read the symptoms of COVID-19 from the CDC.
Click here to view the Indiana State Health Department’s site.
Click here for Indiana State Department of Health Home Care Resources.
We are currently unable to perform routine COVID-19 testing on request. Due to shortage of testing supplies nationwide, the sickest patients will be tested as approved by the Indiana State Department of Health. Please call the hotline numbers listed above for more information.
Temporary Visitation Guidelines Effective Immediately
In an abundance of caution, we are temporarily adjusting the general inpatient visitation policy at Harrison County Hospital to protect patients, staff and the community.
Labor & Delivery: One visitor will be allowed to be designated by the mother.
Emergency Department: No visitors allowed except for pediatric patients who may have one family member or guardian.
All Inpatient & Outpatient Units: No visitors allowed except pediatric patients who are allowed one family member or guardian.
Surgery: Patients will be allowed to be accompanied by one person.
Physician Offices: Patients will not be allowed to be accompanied into their appointment unless one person is needed for communication or other assistance.
Pediatric patients will be accompanied by one parent/guardian.
Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case‐by‐case basis.
We have implemented a mandatory patient/visitor screening process at all three entrances, the Emergency Department, Main Entrance, and Medical Office Building.
For our off‐site locations, patients should stay in the car and call the office from the parking lot to be screened before entry.
Harrison County Hospital recommends the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- For those at higher risk it is recommended that you avoid crowds and observe social distancing
- Wash your hands frequently at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly
- Only go to the Emergency Room when symptoms indicate, not for testing
What to Do If You Think You’re Sick
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
If you are worried about whether you have COVID-19, your decision on whether to seek medical care should not change just because of this new virus. Unlike the flu, your doctor cannot automatically test you for COVID-19 to rule it out as the cause of your illness. If you’re feeling ill, but otherwise would not have sought medical care, it’s best for you to stay at home.
FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS
IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age FREE Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app. Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.
The team will recommend and facilitate appropriate pathways for care, and provide direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.
How can you access the hub?
- Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.
- Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
- Connect with the virtual hub, select “Coronavirus Screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.
Click here to see visual, step-by-step instructions.
Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.
If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone you can call the Indiana State Department of Health at 317-233-7125 for general questions regarding Coronavirus. If you have an emergency, call 911.
NORTON HEALTHCARE OPTION
You may call the Kentucky COVID-19/Coronavirus Hotline, operated by Norton Healthcare, with general questions at (800) 722-5725, option 5. Do not call the hotline for emergencies. If you have an emergency, call 911.
If you decide to seek medical care for suspected coronavirus/COVID-19, please use Norton eCare for a virtual visit with a Norton Healthcare provider from your mobile phone or computer. Sign in to MyNortonChart to get started. If you don’t have a MyNortonChart account, sign up at NortonHealthcare.com/MyNortonChart. Norton eCare providers will screen you and determine the next steps in your treatment, much like an office visit.
If Norton eCare is not an option for you, be sure to call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or any immediate care center. Tell them about your recent travel and symptoms and they will help direct you to the appropriate level of care.
Learn more about eCare here.
From the Harrison County Health Department
If there is anyone in Harrison County considering a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the healthcare industry during this pandemic, please contact the Harrison County Health Department via email@example.com
Having appropriate PPE for our healthcare workers, first responders, and public health workers will be THE biggest challenge we face during this pandemic. PLEASE coordinate through this mechanism so those in most need receive the necessary tools to remain protected against this virus. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Harrison County Health Department has issued the following info-graphic to illustrate the various precautions that should be taken at work, school and home to aide in the prevention of the spread of coronavirus. Please click here for the graphic.
HCHF Employee Relief Fund
While we work diligently to prepare, we are also listening to our employees to find out what they need. We have had many calls from community members asking how they can help. This is one way.
We have heard from staff that childcare is an issue, so we are working on solutions. Some staff are facing paying their normal childcare provider who may be closed, and paying another childcare provider just so that they can come to work.
We have hopes that our Employee Relief Fund can help ease some of this burden for the staff that we need and appreciate.
Our Employee Relief Fund is managed by the HCH Foundation. You can donate online through PayPal at www.paypal.me/hchf or you can mail a donation to the following address payable to HCHF Employee Relief Fund (please no in person donations at this time):
HCH Foundation Employee Relief Fund
Attn: Sheryl Voelker
1141 Hospital Drive NW
Corydon, IN 47112
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.