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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Highpoint Health is safe and ready to care for your healthcare needs
Just as before the COVID-19 pandemic, your safety is and will always be our number one priority. The only difference is we’re now strictly following the new COVID-19 guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health. These guidelines are the blueprint to ensure we’re doing everything possible to prevent the spread of infection. Until there is a COVID-19 vaccine, business, as usual, will look a little different. What hasn’t changed is the high-level, personalized care our patients have come to expect. View our COVID-19 safety precautions.
Here's what our experts are saying about COVID-19:
- Dr. Richard Cardosi explains how the arrival of COVID-19 has heart/stroke patients avoiding emergency treatment and why this is dangerous
- Dr. Steven Langdon explains why everyone must practice social distancing
- Dr. Jill Tibbe gives helpful tips for talking to children about COVID-19
- Dr. Patricia Freidel gives tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety
To stay up-to-date on additional Highpoint Health/COVID-19 news, please visit our Hospital News page.
Highpoint Health has put new visitor restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, read more here.
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.