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CORONA Virus FAQ

Guidelines for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Testing:

RESPIRATORY CARE SCREENING

For patients who are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, Daviess Community Hospital advises to first call the COVID hotline at 812-254-2764 before seeking non-emergent medical attention. The medical professional answering the COVID hotline may direct the patient to the DCH Quick Care Clinic, located at 1805 S State Rd 57 in Washington. Patients who arrive at Quick Care are asked to remain in their vehicles and to call 812-254-7845 to speak with the clinic personnel. A clinic staff member will ask questions to determine appropriate screening, testing or treatment needed and instruct the patient on the next steps.

The DCH Quick Care Clinic is currently open Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm. It is also open on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. This is the only DCH clinic where individuals with respiratory symptoms will be assessed and potentially tested for COVID-19.

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.

Daviess Community Hospital, Daviess County Health Department, and the Indiana State Department of Health continue to receive questions regarding testing for the COVID-19. In accordance with the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, the following people can be considered for testing:

TESTING GUIDELINES

Daviess Community Hospital, Daviess County Health Department, and the Indiana State Department of Health continue to receive questions regarding testing for the COVID-19. In accordance with the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, the following people can be considered for testing at our hospital or Quick Care clinic:

  1. Patients who require hospitalization due to complications of their acute respiratory illness and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  2. Healthcare workers and first responders with symptoms consistent of COVID-19 who in their role have potential or unknown exposure to at risk patients.
  3. Patients and staff (who have direct contact with patients) at long-term care facilities with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and otherwise no known COVID-19 contact.
  4. Persons experiencing homelessness with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and otherwise no known COVID-19 contact.
  5. Patients who expire with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
  6. Patients and staff (with direct contact with inmates) at correctional facilities with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and otherwise no known COVID-19 contact.
  7. Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  8. Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 following CDC guidelines:

- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.

- People who have heart disease with complications.

- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment.

- People of any age with severe obesity (BMI >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease.

- Pregnant women

As the Indiana State Department of Health update their guidelines for testing, this information will be updated and shared with patients and caregivers of Daviess Community Hospital and the Daviess County Health Department.

Daviess Community Hospital Hotline: 812-254-2764

Daviess County Health Department: 812-254-8666


What is the testing process?
If someone is determined to need testing, the nurse triage line will give directions on where to go and what to do. At that point, a nasal swab will be taken, and sent to a lab. As of today, it’s taking around 5 days to receive test results. Patients are directed to self-quarantine until results come in.

When will you have more tests?
We are in contact with state and federal officials, and are also pursuing additional testing options with private laboratories. We believe that all of these efforts together will expand our testing capacity.

However, at this time, not everyone should be tested. Anyone who thinks that they may have COVID-19 should be screened as described above for further direction.

Even when more testing is available, it will not impact whether an individual with symptoms self-quarantines or requires hospital care. Only the sickest patients should be hospitalized.

Unless a patient is having respiratory symptoms which require hospital care, they are being advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days from when their symptoms began, manage their symptoms (there are helpful directions on doing so from the CDC(link), and contact us via the nurse triage line if their respiratory symptoms worsen and they’re concerned they need care.

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, please call 812-254-2764, available 24 hours a day, to talk to our triage hot-line. If it is determined that you should be seen, you will receive instructions on where to go and what to do.

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

Self Care at Home for Mild Symptoms

  • Stay home unless you need to leave for medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people 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.