Coronavirus - 2019

CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS

*August 17th, 2020 Update*

Pulaski Memorial Hospital is taking steps to protect our patients, their families, and staff by temporarily limiting visitation in our hospital. Visitor restrictions have been put into place to help minimize the spread of respiratory illness such as Influenza and Coronavirus.
AT THIS TIME NO VISITORS WILL BE PERMITTED IN PULASKI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.
During this unprecedented time, a support person for the patients described below may be critical to avoid negative health outcomes unrelated to the COVID-19 public health emergency. All support persons must screen negative with no symptoms or elevated temperature, as addressed in the screening questions.
OB Patients may have one (1) adult support person remain with them during delivery.
Emergency Department patients may have one (1) support person to assist with additional consent needs and discharge.
Patients receiving Outpatient Surgery may have one (1) support person for additional consent needs and discharge.
Pediatric Patients may have both parents/legal guardians designated, but only one (1) support person may be present at a time.
If a patient is critically or terminally ill, a nurse manager or charge nurse for the unit may allow additional visitors. Visitors will be limited to two (2) immediate family members (or any person the patient designates) at a time. Immediate family members include spouse/significant other, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, and step-relations.
The Nursing Staff or Physician On Duty will ultimately determine if visitation can be accommodated.

*July 3rd, 2020 Update*

As of July 3rd, PMH is transitioning its COVID-19 Hotline back to our clinics.

Patients should now call their primary care provider (PCP) if they feel they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, or who begins to experience symptoms of COVID-19.

If you do not have a PCP, you may call 574-946-2194, and we will be happy to schedule you with one of our providers. You may also call the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center at 1-877-826-0011 for information about testing sites.

If you have an order for a COVID-19 test from a provider not in our Medical and Surgical Group, please call (574) 946-2194 and press option 4.

An order from a physician or nurse practitioner is required to be tested for COVID-19 at PMH. Currently, testing is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

If you feel you are experiencing an emergency situation, please call 911.

The number for the COVID-19 Hotline does remain active; however, callers will reach a voicemail communicating the above information.

*May 15th, 2020 Update*

Pulaski Memorial Hospital is taking steps to protect our patients, their families, and staff by temporarily limiting visitation in our hospital. Visitor restrictions have been put into place to help minimize the spread of respiratory illness such as Influenza and Coronavirus.
AT THIS TIME NO VISITORS WILL BE PERMITTED IN PULASKI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.
During this unprecedented time, a support person for the patients described below may be critical to avoid negative health outcomes unrelated to the COVID-19 public health emergency. All support persons must screen negative with no symptoms or elevated temperature, as addressed in the screening questions.
OB Patients may have one (1) adult support person remain with them during delivery.
- Emergency Department patients may have one (1) additional support person to assist with additional consent needs and discharge.
- Patients receiving Outpatient Surgery may have one (1) support person for additional consent needs and discharge.
- Pediatric Patients may have both parents/legal guardians designated, but only one (1) support person may be present at a time.
- If a patient is critically or terminally ill, a nurse manager or charge nurse for the unit may allow up to two (2) visitors to see a patient.

*April 2nd, 2020 Update*

PMH applauds Braunability for deciding to suspend operations until April 20th. We understand the difficult choices people and businesses are making - but we continue to ask that everyone do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.

To read the full statement from the PMH and Pulaski County Health Department, please click here.

*March 17th, 2020 Update*

Upon new recommendations from the CDC and Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, PMH has decided to further restrict visitor access, and postpone all non-emergent, elective procedures and appointments:

AT THIS TIME NO VISITORS WILL BE PERMITTED IN PULASKI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, EXCEPT:

- One visitor is allowed for Emergency Department patients
- Visitors to the OB Department are limited to ONE (1) VISITOR, 18 YEARS OR OLDER, AS DESIGNATED BY THE DELIVERING MOTHER.
- Patients receiving Outpatient Surgery may have one (1) visitor remain in the waiting area throughout the entire procedure.
- BOTH parents may remain with a Pediatric patient.
- If a patient is critically or terminally ill, a nurse manager or charge nurse for the unit may allow up to two (2) visitors to see a patient.
- ALL visitors to the hospital WILL be screened for signs and symptoms of fever or respiratory illness.
- Always sanitize hands before and after visiting.

Please contact Lyndsey Ball, RN 574-946-1132 Vicki White, RN 574-946-2146, or Linda Webb, CNO 574-946-2165, for any questions about these restrictions.

*March 13th, 2020 Update*

Upon new recommendations from the CDC, PMH has decided to implement a high level of visitor restrictions:

Do not visit if you have any obvious signs of an infection. Only immediate family, as identified by the patient or patient's designated representative, will be allowed to visit.

- No visitors under 18 years of age unless they are seeking medical care or are the parents of pediatric patients.
- Only two visitors are allowed to see a patient at a time. All visitors wishing to see a patient on the Medical/Surgical ward will be screened prior to entering the patient's room.
- Visitors to the OB Department are limited to the SAME TWO (2) PEOPLE AS DESIGNATED BY THE PATIENT, and no visitors under the 18 will be permitted.
- Visitors with fever or respiratory symptoms will not be permitted.
- An individual with fever or respiratory symptoms should only come to the hospital if he/she is personally in need of medical treatment.
- Any visitor to the hospital may be screened for signs and symptoms of fever or respiratory illness.
- If a visitor has any of these symptoms, they will be asked to leave the hospital.
- If a patient is critically or terminally ill, a nurse manager or charge nurse for the unit may make an exception to these restrictions.
- Always sanitize hands before and after visiting.
Please contact Lyndsey Ball, RN 574-946-1132 Vicki White, RN 574-946-2146, or Linda Webb, CNO 574-946-2165, for any questions about these restrictions.

*March 6th, 2020 Update*

Pulaski Memorial Hospital is taking steps to protect our patients, their families and staff by temporarily limiting visitation in our hospital. Visitor restrictions have been put into place to help minimize the spread of respiratory illness such as Influenza and Coronavirus.

Additionally, if you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, we ask that you call into the Emergency Department or your Primary Care Provider before presenting. This will ensure we are prepared and can treat everyone safely.

Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this to be a serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus - 2019) to the general American public is considered low at this time. With that said, we will continue to take proactive preparedness measures as more cases are likely to be identified in the United States. It is important to have correct information about the Coronavirus.

Pulaski Memorial Hospital is working closely with state and local health departments to review and update emergency preparedness plans in the event of a pandemic. In the event of a confirmed case in Pulaski County, appropriate measures would be taken with the guidance of:

  • Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)
  • Pulaski County Health Department
  • CDC

Patients in other areas of the world with confirmed Coronavirus infections have reported mild to severe respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We continue to encourage everyone to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of any illness, including viruses. Steps include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To learn more, please click on this link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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