Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS AND SCREENING INFORMATION

as of March 25, 2020


Spring View Hospital (SVH) is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We continue to work closely with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19).  SVH continues to properly evaluate patients and follow appropriate COVID-19 testing guidelines from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and we have not yet had a patient test positive for COVID-19.
 
We are updating our visitor guidelines to protect our patients, staff and the community. This plan will go into effect at 5 PM EST today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020:

  • No visitors will be allowed to enter the facility, with the following exceptions: 

    • Obstetric patients may have one visitor

    • Patients who are minors under age 18 may have one parent or guardian visitor

    • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor who should leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure or surgery

    • Clergy may visit patients for emergency care and end-of-life care if accompanying an immediate family member

    • Additional WELL friends and family (beyond the one designated visitor) should remain at home rather than in waiting rooms

  • Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 7:30 PM, patients and visitors may enter the hospital through the Emergency Ambulance Bay and Walk-In Emergency Entrance.

  • Between the hours of 7:30 PM and 6:00 AM, and on weekends patients and visitors may enter through the Emergency Ambulance Bay only. 

  • All visitors, providers, patients, EMS, law enforcement and vendors will be screened upon entry.  No visitor will be allowed if they have symptoms of respiratory infection or flu (fever, cough, shortness of breath), have recently traveled to an area with a known outbreak of the virus, or have had close contact with a person who is presumptive positive or positive for COVID-19. 

  • All visitors listed above must be over the age of 16.

  • The gift shop will be closed until further notice. The cafeteria will continue to service patients and staff, but will be closed to the public until further notice.

  • Additional guidance for referrals, direct admits, and patients scheduled for elective procedures will be forthcoming. 

We will compassionately evaluate exceptions on a case-by-case basis.  For up to date information and any changes to these new policies please visit our website at SpringViewHospital.com. 
 
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time. We want to assure our community that these changes are being made proactively out of an abundance of caution and empower us to further prevent the spread of illness.

COVID-19 EDUCATION TOOLS 

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If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home right away and contact your healthcare provider BY PHONE or the Marion County Health Department at 270-692-3393 to describe your symptoms and any recent travels BEFORE going to a local healthcare facility. 


 
Who is at risk? The current risk for COVID-19 to people in Kentucky is low. Evidence to date indicates those most at risk for becoming ill with COVID-19 are:
  • Those in close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection, including healthcare workers and
  • Those who have traveled in the past 14 days in countries or cities with ongoing community spread of the virus.

The CDC Travel Health Notices website provides a list of countries with sustained COVID-19 transmission.

Travelers returning from one of the countries with community spread of COVID-19 should monitor themselves for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19, including cough and shortness of breath, for 14 days after they return from one of those countries.

What are the symptoms?

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath
Are there different strains of coronavirus?    

Yes, there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans.  

  • Four of the seven coronaviruses are very common, more mild (similar to the common cold), and most people will be infected with at least one of them in their lifetime. Healthcare providers test for these common coronaviruses routinely, and no public health measures are needed to address these common coronaviruses. People infected with the common coronaviruses can avoid passing them to others by covering their coughs and sneezes, cleaning their hands frequently and containing germs by staying home when ill. 
  • Three of the seven coronaviruses are rare and can cause more severe illness; this includes COVID-19. Testing for this virus can only be done at CDC; healthcare providers are not able to test for this virus independent of the public health department.
What should I do if I have traveled to an area with the infection and feel sick? 
 
If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home right away and contact your healthcare provider BY PHONE or the Marion County Health Department at 270-692-3393 to describe your symptoms and any recent travels BEFORE going to a local healthcare facility.  A complete list of local health centers is available here.  
How can I protect myself?         While there is currently no vaccine and no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus and those with the virus can seek medical care to relieve symptoms.  There are simple, everyday actions you can take to help prevent spreading germs that cause respiratory viruses. These include:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet, or within the room or care area, of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (PPE). Close contact can also include caring for, living with, visiting or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case. Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (such as being coughed on) while not wearing recommended PPE.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


SVH has taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:                                              

  • Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection. 
  • Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.
  • Download a copy of our Respiratory Illness Symptoms flyer (also shown at right) 


Importantly, all of the above are standard operating protocols that are in place year-round to help ensure the health and well-being of everyone who enters our hospital.  We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.  For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.

A complete list of frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website, by clicking here