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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Resources for Patients

This page offers information and resources for Gibson General patients and the community,
including steps to take if you are concerned you may have coronavirus.

Do you currently have a fever greater than or equal to 100.4° F (38° C)?
Do you have a cough?
Do you have shortness of breath?
In the last 14 days have you traveled to any country that has a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission)?
Currently includes: China, Iran, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City

Within 14 days of symptom onset did you have Close Contact* with a person known to have or under investigation for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
*Close contact is defined as (A) being within approximately 6 feet or within the room or care area of a Novel Coronavirus case for a prolonged period of time while not wearing the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE); close contact can include caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a Novel Coronavirus case, - or - (B) Having direct contact with infections secretions of a Novel Coronavirus case (e.g. being coughed on) while not wearing recommended PPE.
You do not meet the clinical criteria for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). If symptoms worsen, please contact your primary care provider.
You meet criteria for a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). You need further evaluation. Please isolate yourself and call the Deaconess Nurse Triage line at 812-450-6555 or Gibson General Hospital at 812-385-3401.
You do not meet the exposure criteria for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). You should be evaluated to determine the cause of your symptoms. Please consider a Video Visit or an appointment with Express Care.

The information and guidelines below are based on information from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).
COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms
Reported symptoms have ranged from mild to severe.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
If you are having trouble breathing, experience pain in your chest, are confused, or have bluish lips or face, get medical attention immediately by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency department.

What To Do If You Are Sick

If you develop fever, cough and/or shortness of breath,
and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19,
If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath,
and have recently traveled from an area with significant community spread or known concentrated outbreaks,
please follow these recommendations:

Call ahead to discuss your symptoms and if you should be tested.
  • Call 812-450-6555 to talk to a triage nurse. If it is determined that you should be seen at a facility, the nurse will give you instructions on where to go and what to do.
  • There is a COVID-19 symptom checker in MyChart.  Log-in now or use your MyChart app.
  • You can also schedule a FREE Deaconess Clinic LIVE video visit appointment at  These visits are currently offered at no cost to help screen patients in their homes during this active COVID-19 outbreak.  
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; as well as patients who smoke
  • 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. 
Protecting Our Patients & Employees
Patients who are hospitalized are already vulnerable to serious illness, and we also must protect our employees. 

Gibson General Hospital is restricting visitation to those seeking care, immediate family members and caregivers. In addition, we will continue to screen ALL visitors for communicable diseases such as the flu and novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Individuals will be screened, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), for the following:
  • Fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough or sore throat within the last 21 days.
  • International travel within the last 14 days to restricted countries. For updated information on restricted countries, visit the CDC Information for Travel. 
  • Contact with someone with known or suspected novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Visitors and patients, who are not currently admitted to the hospital, are asked to use the following entrances so they can be properly screened (access will not be available at any other entrances):
  • Main Entrance (West Entrance) - Entrance to STAR•ONE Rehab and the Gift Shop
  • ER/Outpatient Entrance
Self Care at Home for Mild Symptoms
  • Stay home unless you need to leave for medical care. 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom, if possible. 
  • Use a mask, cover your coughs and wash your hands frequently.
  • See more self-care information from the CDC.
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of this illness:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • For high risk individuals, it is recommended that you avoid crowds and observe social distancing.
  • Wash your hands well and frequently—at least 20 seconds with soap and water or with hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that healthy/uninfected individuals use a mask to prevent becoming ill.  
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