FAQs About COVID-19 Testing
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.
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 nearest emergency department.
Who can be tested?
As of today, we have very limited tests, and they are being reserved for
the patients who meet clinical criteria based on CDC recommendations,
which include symptoms, exposure, travel history and possible need for
How do I get tested?
Patients who have concerning symptoms can call our 24-hour triage line
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
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
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:
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.
more self-care information from the CDC.
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.