DAVIESS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OFFERS RESPIRATORY CARE SCREENING SITE
(Washington, IN) – Daviess Community Hospital has opened a temporary Respiratory Care Screening
Site (RCSS) for screening and assessment of patients suspected of having
the coronavirus (COVID-19). This military-grade tent/structure is stocked
with medical supplies and is staffed by DCH providers, nurses and technicians.
It is located just east of the hospital’s Emergency Department entrance
in Washington at the corner of NE 15th Street and Grand Avenue.
The staff at this site will assess the patient’s symptoms of fever,
cough and shortness of breath to determine if further treatment is necessary
or if home care is appropriate. Patients may be directed to this tent
through calls to the DCH hotline (812-254-2764), telehealth or face-to-face
visits with providers or a preliminary screening at the Emergency Department.
Patients who come to this tent will be verbally screened and asked to show
identification. Questions will include the following:
- Do you have the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, new onset of cough
or shortness of breath?
- Have you had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Based on the answers and condition of the patient, tests for flu or strep
may be administered. If tested, the patient will be asked to pull into
a parking space and wait for results. Based on test results, a provider
will advise the patient on next steps.
The drive-thru screening site is open Monday through Friday from 8am to
7pm. It is also open on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm
to 4pm until further notice. Only individuals with respiratory symptoms
will be assessed at the site, which will be staffed by primary care providers
and hospital staff.
“We are hopeful this screening site will better meet the needs of
our community,” Keith Miller noted. “This location will allow
our providers to screen patients in an environment that protects themselves,
other patients and our healthcare professionals. It is also important
that we reiterate that not everyone who visits this site with respiratory
symptoms will be tested for COVID-19. We continue to follow CDC guidelines
on which groups qualify for a COVID-19 test. Those groups include anyone
who requires hospitalization due to signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and
have had a potential exposure to COVID-19, and who are sick enough to
require inpatient care. Other groups who would qualify are healthcare
workers and first responders who show signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and
who have had potential exposure to someone with the virus.”
Daviess Community Hospital recommends that individuals experiencing flu-like
symptoms should stay home and take necessary precautions to self-isolate.
“We understand that people are concerned about not being able to
be tested for COVID-19,” remarked Andy Houchins, DCH Physician Assistant.
“We want to reassure them that they will receive an appropriate
and through examination based on their symptoms. We continue to follow
state and CDC guidelines for testing.”
If more serious symptoms develop, such as shortness of breath, patients
should call their healthcare provider for direction. A trip to the emergency
department must be limited to a true emergency. Daviess Community Hospital
asks that for
non-emergent situations, a patient is advised to call 812-254-2760 extension 1001 so that the
hospital can be ready to safely provide care.
For more information about COVID-19, please call the DCH Hotline at 812-254-2764.
Daviess Community Hospital is encouraging everyone to please stay home
if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath within the last 48
hours. Also, please thoroughly wash your hands and/or use sanitizer frequently
and practice social distancing by not shaking hands, hugging, or engaging
in any 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.
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 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 can be answered
using the websites.