DAVIESS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL INCREASES VISITOR RESTRICTIONS
(Washington, IN) – Following the state of Indiana’s declaration of a public health state
of emergency, Daviess Community Hospital is increasing visitor restrictions.
Per CDC and ISDH guidelines, Daviess Community Hospital has implemented
the following visitor restrictions and alerts:
Daviess Community Hospital is limiting access to the hospital via the main
lobby outside of normal business hours (Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.).
Access to the hospital is also available through the Emergency Department
24 hours per day/7 days per week.
Daviess Community Hospital is restricting all visitors under the age of
15 and discouraging non-essential visitors. We have also elected to temporarily
suspend all volunteers from their posts in the hospital.
Daviess Community Hospital is encouraging everyone to please stay home
if you have a fever, cough, diarrhea and/or vomiting within the last 48
hours. Also, please thoroughly wash your hands and/or use sanitizer frequently.
The CDC is recommending that no one shake hands, hug others or engage in
non-essential physical contact.
”As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will work closely with
the local Health Department to evaluate the situation frequently and will
be updating restrictions as advised by our local Health Department, the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of
Health (ISDH),” said Tracy Conroy, CEO.
In addition to the visitor restrictions, Daviess Community Hospital has
educated 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.
Daviess Community Hospital is prepared to screen patients and visitors
suspected of potential coronavirus infection by asking the following questions:
- Has the patient or visitor traveled in the past 14 days outside of their
home/work area to a restricted area as defined by the CDC?
- Has the patient or visitor had contact with someone who has been diagnosed
- Does the patient or visitor have the following symptoms: fever, sore throat,
cough or shortness of breath?
State and local health officials stressed during a recent news conference
that anyone with symptoms should call their Primary Care Provider 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 phone number to call is 812-254-2764.
The best resources for coronavirus COVID-19 information are the CDC website
https://www.cdc.gov/ and the ISDH website
www.in.gov/isdh/. Anyone with questions or concerns should use the ISDH COVID-19 website,
the CDC website or contact their healthcare provider with questions or
to learn the most up-to-date information about the outbreak and what steps
to take. Questions about symptoms and many risk factors, as well as guidance
on travel, can be answered using the websites.
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