We are working closely with national, state and local leaders to ensure that we are properly responding to the needs of our patients and Associates as it relates to Covid-19. As of April 3, we have tested seven Boyle County residents who are positive for Covid-19, two Mercer County residents who are positive for Covid-19 and one Washington County resident who is positive for Covid-19. The first case in Boyle County was reported March 28.
In most cases, patients who contract Covid-19 will likely experience symptoms similar to a cold or flu and will not require hospitalization. Elderly patients and those who are immunocompromised are more likely to have more severe symptoms and require hospitalization. If patients in our area require hospitalization, Ephraim McDowell is prepared to handle their care.
What if you have respiratory symptoms?
To help ease the concerns of our community residents and the burden of calls being made to our primary care clinics, we are staffing a Call Center effective March 18. You can call (859) 936-8350 if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or if you have a fever, sore throat or breathing difficulties. A nurse answering the call will assess your symptoms and advise you of the steps you should follow.
For those with further questions about this illness, please call the Covid-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725, or visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Telehealth services available
We are now offering telehealth services at many of our specialty and primary care clinics, in another effort to further protect our patients. Telehealth visits are possible through a telephone, computer, tablet or smart phone, allowing patients to stay at home and receive much of the medical attention that they could receive through a face-to-face visit. Patients can use telehealth for follow-up visits, Medicare Wellness visits, refills, follow-up test results and new patient visits. Patients are asked to call their provider’s office if they want to schedule a telehealth visit.
Ephraim McDowell Health has taken specific steps for the protection of our patients and Associates. Effective 3 p.m. on March 20, no visitors will be allowed at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital, Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital, Primary Care Clinics, Specialty Clinics, Diagnostic Clinics and Women’s Breast & Health Center. There are some exceptions such as Outpatient Pharmacy customers, minors, passing patients, patient sitters and those who are power of attorney or health care surrogates for a patient.
OB Restrictions at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital
Effective March 30, the support person who accompanies a laboring mother to the Labor & Delivery Unit at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital must remain on the unit until the mother and baby are discharged. Meals will be provided during their stay.
McDowell Place of Danville
Only those involved in the direct care or end of life care of the residents will be permitted to enter the building. Staff and individuals who are permitted to enter will continue to be screened at the front desk. Per CDC recommendations, to avoid potential exposure, we ask that all residents remain in the building. All non-essential transportation for residents will be suspended.
Facilities That Are Temporarily Closed
- Ephraim McDowell Rehabilitation – Danville (McDowell Wellness Center), Harrodsburg (Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital), Liberty and Stanford
- Kids Can Do Pediatric Therapy Center
- McDowell Wellness Center – Danville and Harrodsburg
Entrances to our hospitals
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center – The Third Street and the South Wing entrances are closed. The Emergency Room entrance will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital – Entrances will continue to be used as normal.
Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital – Main entrance is closed. The Emergency Room entrance will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Elective Surgeries Postponed
Effective March 19, all elective surgeries at our three hospitals and the Central Kentucky Surgery Center will be postponed until further notice.