What You Need to Know
With new developments in the news on a daily basis, we understand there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the coronavirus and what your risk may be. During this time of uncertainty, please be assured your health and safety is our number one priority. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will be providing updates as new information becomes available.
Kentucky's COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-722-5725
What is the COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you develop these symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider.
How is St. Claire HealthCare dealing with COVID-19?
St. Claire HealthCare is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for screening, risk assessment, evaluation, treatment, and infection control. We have a mandatory screening process in place and have created ‘sick’ and ‘well’ waiting areas in the Emergency Department and all Family Medicine locations to reduce the spread of illness, and are now screening patients by phone when calling to schedule appointments for care at all locations.
St. Claire Regional Medical Center has tightened visitor restrictions and requires all permitted visitors to enter through the hospital’s main entrance where they will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Visitors under 12 and anyone with flu-like symptoms will be asked not to enter the hospital.
Does St. Claire HealthCare Offer Testing for COVID-19?
Yes. Anyone can request an appointment for free COVID-19 drive-thru testing, regardless of symptoms, but pre-screening is required. Complete a brief online screening using the "COVID-19 Screening" link below and a member of the St. Claire team will call you to schedule an appointment. If you prefer, you can call 606.780.5227 to complete the screening by phone.
Should I go to my scheduled doctor's appointment?
Please know we are doing everything we can to protect our patients and our community during this time of uncertainty. We don’t recommend avoiding or postponing necessary medical treatment because of concerns over the coronavirus. We are taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our patients, but if you are unsure if you should keep your upcoming appointment, call and talk with your healthcare provider before canceling to discuss the best options for you and your health.
How can I protect myself?
The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to this virus. People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest, but it is possible to spread the illness before showing symptoms. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby (within about 6 feet) or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly eye.
Take preventative actions:
- Practice social distancing by avoiding crowds, working from home if possible, and staying about 6 feet from others.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including faucets, door knobs, light switches, tables, etc.
Prepare your home in case you may need to self-isolate for up to 14 days.
What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
Please take steps to protect the health of others.
- If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, self-isolate at home.
- Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness worsens. (St. Claire HealthCare encourages you to call ahead and let your provider know about your symptoms before you arrive so precautions can be taken to avoid the spread of illness.)
- Limit close contact with others as much as possible (close contact is about 6 feet).
- Wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid sharing personal household items and wash items like dishes and bedding thoroughly with soap and water after use.
- Don’t discontinue self-isolation without first talking with your healthcare provider.