Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) has limited the entrances to the hospital and outpatient facilities. For the most up-to-date information on visitation, screening and entry points, view our COVID-19 visitation policy.
"We are meeting daily to review Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health recommendations and guidelines," said Dr. Bruce A. Bush, Chief Medical Officer at IRMC. "Our mission is to care for our patients in the safest manner possible. Patient and visitor safety will remain our top priority."
IRMC reiterates the CDC recommendation that all individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough or sore throat, should call their doctor first before going to an emergency department, UrgiCare or physician's office.
If you suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow these steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to those in your home and community.
How can I stay healthy?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. Take steps to protect yourself and stay healthy:
- Clean your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick.
- Stay home if you aren’t feeling well (except to seek medical care).
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
What symptoms should I watch for?
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. The following symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure*: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period for similar viruses.
What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Stay home except to get medical care
You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
If you have a medical appointment, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Monitor your symptoms
Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (for example, difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. You will be asked to put on a face mask. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate. When working with your local health department check their available hours. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.