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Are you a Hancock Indiana resident with questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) or where to go if you are ill? We’re here to help. See FAQs and learn steps you can take to encourage good hygiene and help slow the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION
HANCOCK HEALTH SAFEGUARDS
AT HANCOCK HEALTH, WE HAVE PUT IN A NUMBER OF SAFEGUARDS TO ENSURE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR ASSOCIATES, PATIENTS, VISITORS, VENDORS AND PARTNERS.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED BY ALL ASSOCIATES, PHYSICIANS AND VISITORS!
FOUR AREAS WE HAVE ADDRESSED ARE:
We have opened up visitation!
Due to positive movement of the pandemic, Hancock Regional Hospital is relaxing visitor restrictions to the lowest level.
Emergency Room: 2 Designated visitors per patient
Women & Children Unit: 2 visitors per patient in room at one time; 8am-8pm; Waiting rooms are open. Social distancing and masks required. One support person may be allowed to stay with the patient overnight. COVID Maternity and Pediatric patients may have 1 support persons during their hospital stay. A certified doula is permitted for labor only. Nursing should convey additional visitor requests and their recommendation to the Nursing Supervisor.
Surgery: 1 visitor to accompany the patient through the duration of their procedure. Waiting rooms are open. Social distancing and masks required.
Hospice Patients: 2 visitors per patient in room at one time; 8am-8pm; one visitor may spend the night
Acute Care Non-COVID: 2 visitors per patient in room at one time; 8am-8pm; Waiting rooms are open. Social distancing and masks required. In special circumstances, 1 visitor may be allowed to stay with the patient overnight. These include high fall risks, those patients needing emotional and/or physical support, or confusion. Nursing should convey the request and their recommendation to the Nursing Supervisor.
Acute Care COVID: COVID patients may have 1 person visiting from 1pm-3pm; If patient has aerosolizing procedures, 1 visitor for 15 minutes during the 1pm-3pm COVID visitation
Visitors must comply with the following rules:
• Cannot visit with any COVID related symptoms, or known exposure to COVID positive person.
• All visitors will be screened prior to visitation at hospital entrance(s)
• All visitors must wear masks at all times. If non-compliant, you may be asked to leave.
• Practice social distancing
• Avoid congregating in halls on nursing units-utilize the call light for assistance, questions or concerns.
• Pediatric visitors are generally restricted if under 18, however, contact Risk Management or Nursing Administration for consideration in end of life situations.
June 15, 2021
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Hancock Health believes in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine clinic at Hancock Regional Hospital has provided more than 45,000 shots and helped nearly 23,000 individuals achieve immunity from the disease. Nearly 70% of Hancock Health associates have been fully vaccinated as have nearly 40,000 residents of Hancock County. Individuals who have been vaccinated at Hancock Health have experienced remarkably few, and very mild, side effects.
COVID-19 is a real disease that has infected more than 8,500 residents of Hancock County and killed 144. The clinical staff members of Hancock Health have cared for hundreds of patients with COVID-19 and watched many of them die horrific deaths. Most heartbreaking are the individuals who have been admitted to the hospital, struggling to breathe, in just the last few months. All of these patients had the opportunity to get the vaccine prior to contracting COVID-19, but chose not to, and some of them did not survive.
While we believe in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, we have not yet mandated it for our associates. Currently we have vaccinations that are required for highly transmissible diseases that require immunization or proof of immunity as a condition of employment (chickenpox, measles, rubella, mumps etc.). Should we add the COVID-19 vaccine to this list, we will accept religious and medical waivers for the COVID-19 vaccine just as we do for the influenza vaccination. We do not, nor have we ever, required vaccinations for our patients as a condition of treatment in our hospital.
We too live in Hancock County, and our desire is for it to be the very best place in Indiana to live, work, play and pray. At Hancock Health, it is a blessing to work in a place where we love people for a living…
Steve Long, President & CEO
Both the Pfizer (for use in those over 16 years of age) and Moderna (for use in those over 18 years of age) vaccines reported 95% efficacy (effectiveness). These trials were in studies of more than 70,000 people.
An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Under a EUA, FDA may allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions when certain statutory criteria have been met, including that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives. Taking into consideration input from the FDA, manufacturers decide whether and when to submit a EUA request to FDA.
Once submitted, the FDA evaluates a EUA request and determines whether the relevant statutory criteria are met, taking into account the totality of the scientific evidence about the vaccine that is available to the FDA.
Pfizer received EUA on December 11, 2020. Moderna received EUA on December 18, 2020.
The current vaccines are currently needed in two doses. After your first vaccine, you will need to schedule another appointment to receive your second dose. For Pfizer, the second dose will be scheduled in 21 days. For Moderna, it will be 28 days. Our vaccine team will help you schedule your second appointment prior to leaving your first vaccination.
At this time, you may not choose which vaccine you will receive. It will be based on availability at the time of your vaccination. Your vaccinations will not be mixed. Meaning if you receive Pfizer first, your second dose will also be Pfizer. Same for Moderna.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems on how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and gets sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
mRNA, also known as messenger RNA is a new type of vaccine. Many questions have been asked in regards to mRNA, but this new technology is the main reason the COVID-19 vaccine was able to be produced so quickly. Another positive to mRNA vaccines, they do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19. In simple terms, the vaccine you will receive WILL NOT give you the COVID-19 virus.
No. Please don’t believe everything you see on social media!! You can find credible vaccine information. Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis.
CDC’s vaccines and immunization web content is researched, written, and approved by subject matter experts, including physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, and analysts. Content is based on peer-reviewed science. CDC leadership makes the final decision on the words, images, and links to best serve the information needs of the public as well as healthcare providers, public health professionals, partners, educators, and researchers. Science and public health data are frequently updated.
For more credible sources, please click here.
Treatments for COVID-19
Hancock Health has received a limited supply of Bamlanivimab, IV infusions that can be ordered by your physician within the Hancock Physician Network.
Under the patient vaccine benefit, Medicare patients will not be charged for either the cost of Bamlanivimab, or the infusion.
There is no charge for Bamlanivimab for those covered under private or employer-provided insurance; however, the cost and reimbursement of the infusion process varies by insurance carrier. Reference procedure code M0239 when calling your insurance provider for more information
Hancock Health will receive a weekly allocation of Bamlanivimab through the Indiana Department of Health. The amount will vary based on demand.
Hancock Health is following the guidance provided in the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Bamlanivimab.
Bamlanivimab is not authorized for patients who are hospitalized due to Covid-19. It has only been approved through a EUA to treat mild to moderate Covid-19 in patients meeting specific criteria. Studies did not show any benefit for patients already sick enough to be hospitalized.
Read more on when Bamlanivimab will be approved for more patients here.
Hancock Health is dedicated to providing the best testing, clinical diagnosis, and treatments currently available to those who suspect they have Covid-19 or have been diagnosed with the disease. It is important that patients consult with a physician before taking any medication to treat Covid-19 or any infection or disease.
Medical Care and Testing for COVID-19
If you have symptoms, then self-quarantine immediately. If, as many of us do, live with other people, try to move yourself to a “sick room” where you can be remote/secluded and if possible have a bathroom dedicated just for you.
Utilize virtual health visits with your current provider or our COVID call centers for questions and screenings. Hancock Health has a dedicated hotline staffed with healthcare providers to help during this time | 317.325.COVD (2683).
If you have self-quarantined and have no other direction from a healthcare provider, you should only leave your “sick room” and home when ALL of the following are true:
- No fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, Tylenol, not aspirin/ibuprofen or other NSAIDs
- Other symptoms have improved
- It has been at least 10 days since you started feeling sick
No one wants to be told they’ve contracted COVID-19. If it happens, though, it’s important to know this: 80% of the population can manage symptoms—including fever and cough—and recover at home. And most people feel better in a week, if not sooner.
But, what should you do if coronavirus enters your house? And how do you stand the best chance of not spreading it to everyone who lives there?
Our coronavirus hotline, at 317.325-COVD (2683), is staffed with people who can provide answers, and included below are some dos and don’ts for people who are living in the same house with COVID-19.
- Separate the sick from the healthy. Isolate the sick person, whether it’s you or someone else, in a “sick room,” away from others who live in the house. If possible, designate a separate bathroom, too.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surface every day—phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tables, and bedside tables.
- Make sure everyone in the household is washing their hands frequently with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) and using hand sanitizer (that’s at least 60 percent alcohol).
- Give the sick person a facemask to wear when others are in his or her room—and people who go in should also wear them. If real facemasks aren’t available, use bandanas or scarves.
- Call ahead before visiting a doctor’s office and wear a facemask when you go. But if you think you’ve got an emergency on your hands, see the next tip.
- Go to the hospital emergency room if symptoms change or worsen, especially if he or she experiences trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, bluish lips or face, or becomes difficult to arouse.
- Cut down on person-to-person contact by placing meals outside of the “sick room” door.
- Have the sick person drink a lot of water and other hydrating beverages. And he or she should get a lot of sleep.
- Make sure everyone in the household covers their mouths when sneezing and coughing and washes hands with soap and water immediately afterward.
- Limit the sick person’s contact with pets. If you live alone and have to take care of them, wash your hands before and afterward.
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Share dishes, drinking cups, silverware, bedding, or towels with someone who is sick. And be sure to wash dishes with soap and water before putting them in a dishwasher. Separate dirty clothing, towels, and bedding in a bag or hamper before washing them with detergent and hot water.
- Have the sick person rest in a common area of your home, near other people. Instead, he or she should stay in an isolated room and, if possible, use a separate bathroom.
- Accept deliveries in person if you are sick. Instead, have the delivery driver leave items on the doorstep and don’t sign for anything with your finger on a tablet or use a pen that’s provided. Use your own pen and sanitize it when you’re finished.
- Use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
These tips, which are based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can especially help the 80% of people who contract COVID-19 and don’t experience serious symptoms. But if you have questions or trouble breathing or experience more serious symptoms, call our coronavirus hotline, 317.325-COVD (2683). And, remember, we’re all in this together!
If you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive and/or showing symptoms call your primary care provider (PCP), visit our Immediate Care Center at Gateway or Greenfield, or get in line with SaveMySpot. You can also contact a Coronavirus hotline (Hancock Health has a hotline at 317-325.2683 [COVD] staffed by healthcare professionals) and talk to them about the best course of action.
If you are not showing symptoms of COVID but would like to get tested click HERE.
Medical Care and Testing for COVID-19
WE ARE OPEN TO CARE FOR YOU!!! Each of our Hancock Physician Network offices are open and seeing patients. While the way we see patients might look a little bit different with the coronavirus in our midst, we are still here to care for you and meet your healthcare needs. Call your doctor’s office and they will assist in determining the best way to see you – virtually or in person.
Our Hancock Immediate Care-Greenfield and Gateway locations are open and ready to take care of you. You may also call your PCP and see if they can see you virtually, over the phone or maybe even in person.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
- WEAR A MASK!
- Stay home if possible.
- Wash your hands often.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths).
- Keep away from people who are sick.
- Stock up on supplies.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
- Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, STAY HOME!! If you don’t have the virus and don’t leave your house, you are much less likely to bring it into your home.
Obviously, you will need to leave your house for some things. Please just limit activities outside your home to basics like grocery shopping or going to the pharmacy.
If you do have to go out, wear your mask!
Wash your hands frequently and especially after you first come into your home. Make that a habit as the first thing when you walk in.
If you work in an area of high exposure contact, disrobe immediately and take a shower. Do not hug a loved one or put dinner on real quick prior. In the door and straight to the shower.
It may be a good idea to designate a sanitization area somewhere in your home (garage, front porch, hall closet) where you are able to undress in case you have high exposure contact or where you can leave your shoes so that you don’t track germs into your home.
Leave the delivery outside the front door. Be it dinner delivery (which we strongly encourage supporting), grocery delivery, Amazon, etc. Ask them to just leave it on the porch. Call or knock to let you know it arrived. You should limit contact with one another. For the safety of both of you and the people, you come in contact with.
And this may sound silly, but don’t use their pens or use your finger to sign an iPad. Because both sick people and healthy people are using delivery services, so you can’t be sure who or what touched that pen last!!! Use your own pen and if you have to electronically sign via your finger – WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING THE FOOD OR DELIVERY!
After your delivery, wash your hands. If it’s a delivered meal, take all the food contents out of their boxes and containers, place them on a plate, dispose of the containers, wipe down the countertop and then wash your hands one more time before you eat.