Ephraim McDowell Health is 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. At this time we do not have any patients with confirmed cases of Covid-19 in our six county service area; however, it is reasonable to expect that will change as testing increases. We currently do not have test kits available and are continuing to follow state guidelines for testing symptomatic patients.
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.
Ephraim McDowell Health has taken specific steps for the protection of our patients and Associates. Visitors at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital have been restricted to one visitor per patient. Visitors 80-years old and above, and those 12 and younger are restricted from visiting patients at all of our hospitals. Overnight visits are currently not allowed, with the exception of births, passing patients, patient sitters and those who are power of attorney or health care surrogates for a patient. Anyone wanting to visit a patient, but does not feel well is asked to delay their visit until they are well.
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