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COVID-19 UPDATE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING, EXPERIENCING FEVER/COUGH, OFFICE PRACTICES, BUSINESS OWNERS, TESTING GUIDELINES

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COVID-19 UPDATE , MARCH 16, 2020
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covid-19 UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020

 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING
    • Stay at home except when absolutely necessary.
    • Interact ONLY with the individuals who live in your home. 
    • Do not allow your children to have friends over. 
    • Avoid going to:
      • Gyms
      • Salons
      • Movie theaters
      • Church gatherings
      • Sport practices with other students
      • Family gatherings
    • E-Learning should not be done in groups.
    • Do not visit the elderly or other high risk groups.
    • Do not visit hospitalized patients. Visitors are not being allowed to see patients by hospital protocols.
    • Any trips planned in the next 1-2 months should be cancelled.  Do not travel unless absolutely necessary.
 
  • IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FEVER/COUGH
    • Call our office for further instructions.
    • Quarantine yourself for at least 14 days.  Your close contacts should also be quarantined.
    • Designate separate room for those who have symptoms, and keep door shut.
    • Designate separate bathroom for use for individuals with symptoms.
    • Do not play or snuggle with pets – pets can have droplets on them and contaminate other areas / individuals within the home.
    • Wash your hands frequently.
 
  • PRIORITY PHYSICIAN OFFICE PRACTICES
    • No walk-in appointments
      • If you walk in to the office without calling first, we will ask you to return to your car, so we can appropriately plan for your needs.  This is to keep our patients and staff members as safe as possible.
    • Call our offices for guidance from your physician if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or if you believe you have been exposed.
    • Current guidelines from the CDC and Indiana State Department of Health are only to test individuals with symptoms requiring hospitalization and exposed healthcare workers due to testing being extremely limited at this time.
    • Please call our office to speak to a physician for any care need. (317) 338-6400 Indianapolis Office & (317) 415-9900 Fishers Office
      • Our physicians can diagnose and treat many illnesses and discuss health issues or plans over the phone.
      • Face-to-face visits in our office will be limited only to concerns that cannot be handled over the phone. 
 
  • BUSINESS OWNERS:
    • Please consider every option to allow your employees to work from home.
    • Workers who are sick with fever and cough and their household contacts must not be allowed to work.

 


ISDH Testing Guidelines ― March 14

 
1) Patient requiring hospitalization with fever and lower respiratory symptoms, constituting:
      a. Admission to the hospital due to complications of their acute respiratory illness.
      b. Negative for other sources of infections (including influenza and RVP,if available in <1 day)
2) Healthcare workers (inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and other long-term service facilities)who provide direct patient care to at risk patients:
      a. Symptomatic with fever and lower respiratory symptoms and in their role has potential orunknown exposure to at risk patients.
      b. Negative for other sources of infections (including influenza and RVP,if available in <1 day)
3) Long-term care facility residents or prison/jail residents and staff (who have direct contact withpatients or inmates):
      a. Symptomatic with fever and respiratory illness and otherwise no known COVID-19 contact.
      b. Negative for other respiratory illnesses- influenza (RVP if it can be done timely < 1 day)

 

8333 Naab Road, Suite 360
Indianapolis, IN 46260
317.338.6400

13914 Southeastern Pkwy, Suite 208
Fishers, IN 46037
317.415.9900

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