Henry Community Health COVID-19 Update

If you have a fever or are experiencing respiratory symptoms, PLEASE CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN OFFICE PRIOR to attending a scheduled appointment, including testing. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to monitor the latest developments and update procedures and policies as necessary. Our Infection Prevention team and hospital leaders are meeting regularly to ensure we are prepared to safely identify, isolate and care for patients who meet the latest Indiana State Department of Health and CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing.

The best thing we can do as a community is to stay informed and take precautions such as handwashing and social distancing to guard against this and other viruses.  For answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19, please read the Q&A below.

Questions about COVID 19

COVID-19 Resources

Centers For Disease Control
Indiana State Department of Health 

March 24

NEW

How To Make Face Masks For Our Staff

A great big thank you to everyone who has offered to make face masks to give to our staff. Your generosity overwhelms and encourages us. The link below provides instructions on the type of mask that would be most useful for our care team members on the front lines. This particular mask has a slot where our staff will be able to insert a Hepa Filter that can be removed so the mask may be washed and used again. Please use flannel or a tightly woven fabric. You may drop off masks at the main entrance of the hospital at our Information Desk.

Thank you for helping us to continue to do our jobs effectively and safely.

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March 23

NEW

Lab Update

Our lab drawsites at Forest Ridge Medical Pavilion, Northfield Park Primary Care Campus and the hospital are open. HealthLink is the only lab currently closed. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms and fever within the last 21 days, please call your provider who ordered the test to see if you still need to have this lab work done.  If this answer is yes, you will  be given a face mask and and asked to wait in an area separate from patients who are not exhibiting respiratory symptoms.

March 21

NEW

Closing Updates

Immediate Care at Northfield Park Primary Care Campus and CardioPulmonary Rehab at Forest Ridge Medical Pavilion are now closed.

Cambridge City Family Health Partners is now closed on Saturdays.

March 20

NEW

Henry Community Health Respiratory Clinic
Now Open

Henry Community Health’s  Respiratory Clinic is now open from 7 am-7 pm seven days a week. If you can manage your symptoms at home, we ask that you please stay home. However if you cannot manage your symptoms at home, please call our Respiratory Clinic at 599.3443. Keep yourself and others safe.

March 25 Blood Drive in New Castle

A blood drive will be held March 25 for Henry County Emergency Preparedness from 1-7 pm at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 709 S. Memorial Drive.  Please call 1.800.REDCROSS or go to redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “henry health” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Antolin & Benninger Obstetrics/Gynecology Moving Office
To Northfield Park Monday, March 23

To decrease the number of patients and visitors to the hospital, we temporarily are moving our entire practice to Northfield Park. Our office is calling our patients to  let them know about this change. Please enter through the doors marked under Family & Internal Medicine. All other patients should continue to enter through the Main Entrance.

Blood Drive Scheduled April 10 at Henry Community Health Hospital

Henry Community Health will host a blood drive Friday, April 10 from 10 am-4 pm in the Versiti Mobile Unit in the front parking lot of the hospital. There is a critical need for blood at this time due to COVID-19. Versiti, while always cautious with sanitizing, are taking extra precautions for generous donors during this crisis. Please sign up today for the HCH drive at donorpoint.org.

March 19

NEW New changes for prescription refills and pick-up at Neighborhood Pharmacies

For Your safety and the safety of our staff, we are making the following changes:

  • Please call all refills in via phone.  Leave your prescription numbers and a call back number on voice mail.
  • We will call you with an automated message when your prescriptions are ready.  
  • When you receive an automated message – come in and come straight to the register.
  • Customers that have not called in will be asked to drop them off and return.

We are committed to safety and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  We appreciate your understanding and your business.

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Are there visitor restrictions at the hospital?

Yes. Due to the ongoing national public health emergency and in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Henry Community Health is limiting visitors.

No visitors are allowed although there are limited exceptions.

Exceptions will be considered in the following areas where a patient may receive one visitor:

  • Women & Children’s Unit
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Inpatient surgery (day of surgery only)
  • Outpatient surgery
  • At the time of admission
  • At the time of discharge

Visitors must enter through the hospital’s main entrance and will be screened upon arrival.

My doctor’s office is at the hospital. Can I still have my appointment?

Yes. All patients must enter through the hospital’s main entrance and will be screened upon arrival. One support person over the age of 18  will be allowed to attend your appointment with you provided they meet screening criteria.  If you have questions about your appointment or are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please call your provider’s office.

NEW Should I still keep my doctor’s appointments?

Our physician offices are rescheduling annual appointments and calling patients before their appointment to screen them for any potential risk.  We also are increasing the availability of telehealth visits in our physician offices.

NEW Are you cancelling surgeries?

We are cancelling elective non urgent surgeries and procedures. Our surgeon’s offices are calling their patients with this information. Our surgery department remains open for emergency surgeries and C-Sections as well as any elective urgent surgeries.

NEW

Are you screening patients at Northfield Park and Forest Ridge?

We are now also screening patients/visitors as they enter Forest Ridge Medical Pavilion and our Northfield Park Primary Care Campus.

Are you cancelling programs and classes?

In an abundance of caution in response to COVID-19 concerns in our community, Henry Community Health is temporarily suspending planned public events at our facilities including classes, meetings, support groups, and health seminars. Please check back for ongoing updates.  We also have closed HealthRidge and our Sleep Lab.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

Fever
Cough
Shortness of Breath
Sore Throat

 

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure, but it’s important to remember these symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses such as influenza.

Prevention Steps

How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19 infection?

The best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay informed and to use the same COMMON-SENSE PRECAUTIONS YOU TAKE TO GUARD AGAINST OTHER ILLNESSES, SUCH AS THE FLU. 


Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when handwashing isn’t an option. 


Cough or sneeze into your sleeve (the crook of your elbow), shirt or a tissue, not into your hands, and encourage kids to do the same.


Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and encourage those around you to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.


Stay home if you’re sick and do not return to work, school or social activities until you have been fever-free for at least 48 hours without medication.


Clean commonly touched surfaces in your home and workplace with bleach, ammonia or alcohol-based disinfectants. Wipe down and disinfect things like doorknobs, light switches, refrigerator handle(s), TV or stereo remote controls, computer keyboards, your home telephone, cellphones and other touchscreen devices, etc. 

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

Current understanding about HOW COVID-19 SPREADS is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease, and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

Person-to-person spread: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and 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 or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects: It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

* Page last updated March 14,  2020. Some information is based on CDC updates, which are rapidly evolving. For the most up to date info, visit the CDC web site.