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CORONA Virus FAQ

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.

  • 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 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 hospitalization.

How do I get tested?
Patients who have concerning symptoms can call our 24-hour triage line at 812-254-2764.

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.