COVID-19 Pandemic: What You Need to Know

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Provided below is information with the latest local updates, prevention tips and information about exposure risk and testing options. This page will be updated with any new developments.

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Updates for Patient Visitors

Expanded Visitation and Updated Visitor Guidelines (updated Feb. 9, 2021):

With the best interests of our patients and workforce in mind, Columbus Regional Health has decided to expand our visitor options for people receiving inpatient and outpatient services. 

The safety of our workforce and our patients remains our top priority as the COVID-19 pandemic continues; therefore the increase in visitor options will be incorporated with continued strict safety protocols and guidelines, including temperature checks and mask requirements. Under the amendment to our current visitor policy, each inpatient or person receiving an outpatient service at the hospital will be allowed one designated visitor per day. 

In addition, the following guidelines apply to a designated visitor: 

  • The person must be age 18 or over, and pass temperature and symptom screening
  • Visitors must wear a mask that properly covers the nose and mouth; cloth masks are acceptable 
  • Screening staff will provide a sticker to be worn at all times, identifying the person as a visitor who has passed screening criteria.
  • Each approved visitor will be supplied an information sheet with instructions for the visit
  • Visits will be limited to one two-hour visit per day

Hospital-based Visitation
Visitation remains prohibited for patients of our Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Intensive Care Unit and for COVID-positive patients, at this time, with the exception of extenuating or special circumstances. Restricted entrances to the hospital facility remain in place. Visitors to the inpatient units should enter via Entrance 3. Emergency Department visitors should enter via Entrance 1. Visitors and support partners for outpatient and surgical services patients would use Entrances 2, 3 or 4, depending on the procedure location.  Pre-service instructions identifying the proper entrance will be given to the patient and designated visitor prior to their visit. There are times when our patients may require more than one visitor, and those special circumstances are outlined in the policy.

For Birthing Center patients
  • One support individual over the age of 18, such as a spouse, partner, sibling or another person chosen by the patient to be present during delivery (during labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum stay, a mother may have only ONE support person)
  • No doulas, community partners, or other persons allowed on the unit unless specified by the patient to be their one support person
  • The one support person will not be allowed to leave the unit for the entire stay of the mother
  • If the support person leaves the unit, he/she will not be permitted back onto the unit
  • Parents of minor labor and delivery patients may be granted altered visitation

Outpatient facility visitation
In an effort to preserve the safest environment possible for patients and staff, visitors accompanying a patient should be limited to essential caregivers and medical support persons whenever possible. Each outpatient site of care within Columbus Regional Health will notify patients in advance, whenever possible, of the visitor procedures and protocols unique to that facility. 

We understand the difficulty of visitor restrictions, however they are important measures to help us protect the health of our patients and workforce. We appreciate your continued support and patients as we all continue to navigate this pandemic.

Limited Hospital Entrances

The Columbus Regional Hospital campus is restricting public entrances and actively screening those who visit the facility. The three hospital facility entrances that will be open to the public are:

  • Entrance 1 (Emergency Department) – open 24/7
  • Entrance 2 – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 3 (Main) – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 4 will function as an admit and discharge only location for Surgical Services and Endoscopy Center patients.

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Want to reach out to a patient but can't visit in person? Try our Email a Patient form.

COVID-19 Testing Protocols

If you have been EXPOSED and HAVE SYMPTOMS of COVID-19

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to stay home except to get tested or to see your primary care provider (PCP).

How to get tested IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

  • Do you have a primary care provider (PCP)? If so, call your PCP.
  • Don’t have a PCP or have questions? Call WellConnect at 812.376.5136. They can help you get established with a PCP and get an appointment for evaluation/testing.
  • If you are exhibiting signs of COVID-19 and need to see a provider right away, go to PromptMed, located at 2502 25th Street, Columbus, IN. (No appointment necessary)

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 but have NO SYMPTOMS

  • If you’ve had close contact with someone with COVID-19, but are not having symptoms, quarantine yourself for 14 days.
  • If you have a PCP, contact your PCP office and notify them of your situation for further guidance and testing options.
  • If don’t have a PCP, but would like to be tested, find test sites in Bartholomew County by visiting covid19communitytaskforce.org

COVID-19 Instructions/Resources for Our Community

Tips for Events and GatheringsCOVID-19 Events and gatherings tips
As families begin to plan for the holiday, please reference this resource for tips and safety precautions to protect your family and prevent the spread of the virus in our COVID-19 Tips for Events and Gatherings guide.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Are you in isolation or quarantine because of a COVID-positive test or exposure and wondering when to seek care, or have you tested positive for COVID-19 but are not experiencing symptoms?

Read our isolation and quarantine guidelines for patients

Back-to-School & Back-to-Work Safety
Returning to work or sending the kids off to school can cause some unease and anxiety; however, remember YOU still hold the power to do your part to slow spread and protect you and others from coronavirus. Wear a mask in public, social distance from anyone not in your household, wash hands frequently and avoid large gatherings. You can find more helpful resources in our Back-to-School/Back-to-Work Guides.

Seek Care -- We're Here for You!
Our careful and calculated phased approach to reopening services is being conducted under heightened conditions designed to continue to preserve and protect the safe, effective, and efficient care of our patients, safety of our workforce and facilities, and experience for our patients and community. If you have an appointment with us or need to seek care, we are ready to warmly welcome you.

If you don't already have one, consider signing up for a MyChart account, so that you can utilize our "Hello, Patient!" feature for a safe, easy and contact-free check-in process!

Do you prefer a virtual visit? Talk with your provider about your options!

Screening at Columbus Regional Health locations
: Each Columbus Regional Health location has implemented screening and entry processes for the safety of all. All staff and patients are to wear a mask throughout all of our facilities. At Columbus Regional Hospital, staff is actively conducting wellness screening for individuals entering the facility at dedicated entrances.

All CRH practices and off-site locations have posted check-in procedures on signage in their respective parking lots or on their front entrances. Some ask that you call from your vehicle before entering the building, and some are normal check-in at the front desk, but all require that you wear masks at all times and practice physical distancing while in each location.

Vaccine Information

If you regularly come within six feet of a patient or provide indirect patient care (such as lab tech, pharmacy tech, or food services) or handle infectious material, you are eligible for the vaccine. The Indiana State Department of Health has also expanded the vaccine to include defined age groups.

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