Daviess Community Hospital announced today that the temporary Respiratory Care Screening Site (RCSS) for patients suspected of having the coronavirus (COVID-19) will cease operations at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8. This military-grade tent/structure, which was stocked with medical supplies and staffed by DCH medical personnel, was designed as a temporary screening and assessment site. It was located just east of the hospital's Emergency Department entrance in Washington at the corner of Northeast 15th Street and Grand Avenue.
For patients who are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath Daviess Community Hospital advises to first call the COVID hotline at 812-254-2764 before seeking non-emergent medical attention. The medical professional answering the COVID hotline may direct the patient to the DCH Quick Care Clinic, located at 1805 S SR 57 in Washington. Patients who arrive at Quick Care are asked to remain in their vehicles and to call 812-254-7845 to speak with the clinic personnel. A clinic staff member will ask questions to determine appropriate screening, testing or treatment needed and instruct the patient on the next steps.
The DCH Quick Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. These hours may change in response to volume and needs of the community. This is the only DCH clinic where individuals with respiratory symptoms will be assessed and potentially tested for COVID-19.
"We believe that moving this screening site to the DCH Quick Care Clinic will better meet the needs of our community," Cara Veale, VP of Provider Services noted. "Per the CDC guidelines on which groups qualify for a COVID-19 test, patients should be aware that not everyone who visits this site with respiratory symptoms will be tested for COVID-19."
If more serious symptoms develop, such as shortness of breath, patients should call their healthcare provider or the COVID hotline (812-254-2764) for direction. For potentially life-threatening situations, patients should call 9-1-1. The hospital emphasizes that a trip to the emergency department must be limited to a true emergency. Daviess Community Hospital asks that for non-emergent trips to the Emergency Department, a patient should call 812-254-2760 extension 1001 so that the hospital can be ready to safely provide care.
Daviess Community Hospital is encouraging everyone to stay home if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath within the last 48 hours. Also, please thoroughly wash your hands and/or use sanitizer frequently and practice social distancing by not shaking hands, hugging, or engaging in any non-essential physical contact.
"We continue to work closely with the local Health Department to evaluate the situation frequently and will be updating restrictions as advised by our local Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)," said Tracy Conroy, CEO at Daviess Community Hospital.
The best resources for coronavirus COVID-19 information are the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/ and the ISDH website www.in.gov/isdh/. Anyone with questions or concerns should use the ISDH COVID-19 website, the CDC website or contact their healthcare provider with questions or to learn the most up-to-date information about the outbreak and what steps to take. Questions about symptoms and many risk factors can be answered using the websites.