Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
April 01, 2020

Schneck Medical Center has been actively monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health and safety of our patients and our communities is our primary concern and we are making decisions as warranted following guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
We thank the community in advance for your patience and support as we work to take steps to mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline

If you believe you have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms, call Schnecks's dedicated 24/7 hotline at 812-524-4266 for free coronavirus phone screenings.

Healthcare professionals staffing the hotline will recommend the most appropriate next steps for your care. Individuals may also reach out to their provider’s office if they have questions or concerns.

If this is a medical emergency, please call 911.




Operational Updates


Patient and Visitor Screenings
Every visitor and patient will be screened before entering the main hospital building located at 411 West Tipton Street, Seymour, Indiana.  Please consider arriving early for any scheduled appointments to allow time for screening. 
 
Visitor Policy 
Effective Friday, March 20, Schneck Medical Center will no longer allow visitors due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The only exceptions include: mothers in labor permitted one labor partner, pediatric patients permitted one caregiver, surgery patients with sedation permitted one transportation escort, emergency department patients permitted one companion, and end-of-life patients may have limited visitors, as determined by the nursing supervisor.

In addition, Schneck outpatient departments, physician practices, and Schneck Urgent Care will only allow one companion.
 
All visitors must wash their hands (soap and water) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after visiting a patient. Hand sanitizer can be found throughout the hospital as well as outside each patient’s room.

Elective Surgeries
Following guidance from the Governor of Indiana, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Surgeon General, and American College of Surgeons, effective Wednesday, March 18, elective, non-urgent surgeries are postponed. This measure has been taken to reduce the use of vital resources, including blood products, critical equipment and staff, as well as limit the spread of the virus.

Schneck Physician Practice Visits
Schneck physician practices have rescheduled all non-essential office visits. If you have questions about an upcoming appointment, please contact your physician practice directly.

Telehealth Visits Many Schneck physician practices are offering telehealth visits when deemed appropriate by the physician. Patients must have a device that has a camera and a microphone installed. Click here to find out if your physician is offering telehealth services. Patients interested in scheduling a telehealth visit, are advised to contact their physician’s office.

Campus Entry Points
-Main Entrance: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
-Schneck Professional Building:7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
-Emergency Department: Open 24/7

Support Groups, Seminars and Programs
All support groups, seminars, and programs hosted at Schneck Medical Center are cancelled through April 30. In addition, the Live Well Expo scheduled for Saturday, April 4 has been postponed until further notice.

Shuttle Service 
Parking lot shuttle service is discontinued until further notice due to social distancing guidelines set for th by the CDC.

 

Schneck's Preparedness

Schneck has enacted our robust emergency management protocols and has a dedicated team comprised of leaders, physicians, infection prevention specialists and many more that meets regularly to monitor and follow the situation.
 
We are also closely following CDC recommendations on how to best use and preserve existing supplies of personal protective equipment due to concerns about limited supplies.
 
The health and safety of our Schneck team members are of the upmost importance.  They are the most valuable resource when it comes to treating and stopping the spread of the virus. As such, we are ensuring they have the personal protective equipment, training and support they need to provide care to patients.
 
We have also distributed education and resources to local businesses, industry and schools to assist their preparedness for a potential outbreak. We are in consultation with the Jackson County Health Department, Jackson County Disaster Preparedness, Jackson County Emergency Management Services, local long-term care facilities, area school superintendents, officials from Jackson County government, the Seymour Mayor’s office, and the Seymour Police Department.     
 

Information about COVID-19

COVID‐19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within 6 feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets.

Symptoms of COVID‐19 generally appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease.


How to Protect Yourself

These everyday habits can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

  • Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


If You Feel Sick

If you experience a fever with a cough or shortness of breath AND have traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 and suspect you may have COVID-19, you should contract the Indiana State Department of Health at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours). 

If you believe you have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms, call Schnecks's dedicated 24/7 hotline at 812-524-4266 for free coronavirus phone screenings.

Simultaneously monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if your condition worsens, especially if you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Call ahead before visiting the doctor or a hospital so they can adequately prepare for your arrival.  Tell them you may or may not have COVID-19.


Stay Informed


 

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