Highpoint Health is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. We’re also working directly with the State of Indiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help ensure our hospital is ready to detect, protect and provide the appropriate care to patients who may have contracted COVID-19.
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As your community’s healthcare leader, we also have a dedicated line, 812-537-8210, staffed by our highly-trained medical professionals, to answer any questions you may have about COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is coronavirus?
The respiratory disease coronavirus is not new. However, COVID-19 is a new strain of the disease.
What are the symptoms?
Common signs of infection include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact (within about six feet for an extended time) via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It’s also possible to catch the disease by touching a surface with the virus and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
How can I avoid getting sick?
The precautions for COVID-19 are the same things you do to avoid other respiratory illnesses. Wash your hands with soap and water – for at least 20 seconds – regularly. Cover your nose and mouth with the crook of your arm when you cough or sneeze. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects. If you’re sick, please stay home from work or school. To avoid spreading COVID-19 at home, separate yourself from other people and animals. If possible, use a separate bathroom.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you have mild respiratory symptoms and a fever, please self-monitor your condition and stay at home. Take your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. Eighty percent of people who have minor symptoms don’t require any medical care at all. Please do not come to the Emergency Department if you have mild or moderate symptoms. Doing so displaces other patients who truly need emergency care and also increases your risk of infection. If your symptoms should worsen, stay at home and call your healthcare provider to determine next steps.
When is it necessary to call 9-1-1?
Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
This isn’t an all-inclusive list. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Please note, some people are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, including:
- Older adults
- Patients with chronic health conditions such as diabetes; lung, kidney or heart diseases
- Patients with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or taking certain types of medications
These higher-risk patients who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact their provider immediately.