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Coronavirus Updates

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As an affiliate of Deaconess, we are working together to ensure the community is informed of COVID-19 and we have processes in place to protect and care for our communities.

This page offers information and resources for Methodist patients and the community,
including steps to take if you are concerned you may have coronavirus.

The information and guidelines below are based on information from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms
Reported symptoms have ranged from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

If you are having trouble breathing, experience pain in your chest, are confused, or have bluish lips or face, get medical attention immediately by calling 911 or going to the Methodist Health emergency department.

What To Do If You Are Sick

If you develop fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19,
OR
If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath,
and have recently traveled from an area with significant community spread or known concentrated outbreaks, please follow these recommendations:

Call ahead to discuss your symptoms and if you should be tested.
  • Call 812-450-6555, 24 hours a day, to talk to a triage nurse. If it is determined that you should be seen at a facility, the nurse will give you instructions on where to go and what to do.
  • There is a COVID-19 symptom checker in MyChart. Log-in now or use your MyChart app.
  • You can also schedule a FREE Deaconess Clinic LIVE video visit appointment at www.deaconess.com/LIVE. These visits are currently offered at no cost to help screen patients in their homes during this active COVID-19 outbreak.
Note: Some people are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, including:
  • Older adults
  • Patients with chronic health conditions such as diabetes; lung, kidney or heart diseases; as well as patients who smoke
  • Patients with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or taking certain types of medications
  • These higher-risk patients who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact their provider immediately.
Protecting Our Patients & Employees
  • Patients who are hospitalized are already vulnerable to serious illness, and we also must protect our employees.
  • View our Updated Visitor Restrictions.
  • However, further visitor screening processes and visitor restrictions may follow.
Self Care at Home for Mild Symptoms
  • Stay home unless you need to leave for medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Use a mask, cover your coughs and wash your hands frequently.
  • See more self-care information from the CDC.
Prevention
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of this illness:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands well and frequently—at least 20 seconds with soap and water or with hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that healthy/uninfected individuals use a mask to prevent becoming ill.