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Hospitals restricting visitors
As reported in The Sun on March 17, St. Vincent Jennings Hos­pital is restricting visitors.

The hospital is part of the Ascension Health Network, which is offering options for access to care. People seeking care at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital who have a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms that could be COVID-19 are asked to call 833-978-0649 prior to visiting the hospital so they can be screened by a nursing professional.

Ascension Online Care is also offering video urgent care visits at a discounted rate of $20, down from the normal $49 rate, with no insurance care required. The service is available at Ascension Online Care (ascensiononlinecare.org).

Other area hospitals

Schneck Medical Center: Every visitor and patient will be screened before entering the main hospital building located at 411 W. Tipton St., Seymour. All are asked to consider arriving early for any scheduled appointments to allow time for screening.

Visitors are limited two per patient and must be 18 years old and older. Anyone with fever and/or chills, sore throat, muscle aches, runny or stuffy nose, cough, fatigue, headache, and vomiting and/or diarrhea is asked to refrain from visiting patients.

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, nonurgent 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.

Columbus Region­al Hospital: The 17th Street campus has restricted public entrances to the hospital and is actively screening those who visit the facility. Visitors are asked to enter through the Emergency Department (Entrance 1) or main entrance (Entrance 3, off 18th Street) of the facility.

The hospital has also canceled all elective, nonurgent surgeries and procedures. This measure is to meet the health needs of potential COVID-19 patients, protect against exposure and further potential spread, and to ensure that medical resources are readily available, according to Kelsey DeClue, public relations coordinator at Columbus Regional Health (CRH). A team of physicians, including surgical management at CRH, has developed a process for determining on a case-by-case basis which procedures meet criteria. Each patient need is unique and will be coordinated on an individual basis.

Meanwhile, CRH has launched a COVID-19 Triage Resource Call Center for information on the coronavirus. Those with concerns or questions about potential exposure or symptoms of coronavirus should call 812-379-4449. This phone number is staffed by trained nurses.

"As Columbus Regional Health continues to actively prepare and respond to the evolving global situation, we ask those with concerns, to utilize the call center first or contact their doctor or primary care physician's office," DeClue said. "Anyone experiencing a true medical emergency should call 911."

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