At this time, it is clear we have moved beyond the containment phase and
into the mitigation phase for COVID-19. This was expected and is what
you're seeing occur across the country/world. Soon, we will be unable
to adequately trace each positive COVID-19 patient’s steps and provide
detailed information on where they entered, what department(s) they were
in, and who possibly came in contact with the patient. As a healthcare
organization, we also have to abide by HIPAA, so we are very limited on
what information we can disclose. From the beginning, MHP has stressed
the importance of social distancing and hand washing. At this point, however,
"The best advice available is to conduct yourself as if you personally
could be an asymptomatic carrier and to assume that everyone you come
in contact with could be a carrier of the virus (symptomatic or asymptomatic)
as well," said Dr. Paula Gustafson, MHP Chief Medical Officer and
Pediatrician. "Please urge your family, friends and neighbors to
honor the "stay at home" order from the Governor and to use
common sense techniques like hand washing, covering your cough, cleaning
surfaces you frequently touch (like your cell phone) and social distancing."
For patients are experiencing flu-like symptoms or respiratory illness
MHP now offers 4 convenient options.
Access the NEW MHP Virtual Clinic! See an MHP provider online via the myVirtualHealthVisit
app. The MHP VIrtual Clinic is staffed by MHP providers Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. After hours we have partnered with The Online Care
Group to offer our patients 24/7 virtual care. For instructions on how
to access the MHP Virtual Clinic visit
- Visit our NEW MHP Washington St. Clinic. Located at 157 W. Washington St.
and open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please stay in your vehicle
upon arrival and call the number on the door to be added to the waitlist.
- Visit MHP Priority Care. Located at 30 W. Rampart Street and open Monday-Friday
7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. No appointment necessary.
- Call the MHP COVID-19 Hotline at 317.392.3211 and a member of our care
team will direct you as to your best plan of care.
MHP TESTING STATUS:
- Number of MHP patients tested: 96
- Number of pending results: 35
- Number of positive results: 8 (increase of 5 since yesterday)
- 80%+ patients have minor/mild or no symptoms at all
MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
- Current number of inpatients: 20
- Current number of patients in isolation: 17
- Number of available beds: 20
MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
- Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 44
- Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 15 (representing 34%)
MHP PATIENTS TREATED AT OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC LOCATIONS:
- Priority Care: Treated 27 patients yesterday with respiratory symptoms
and 29 today with respiratory symptoms
- Washington St. Clinic: Treated 11 patients yesterday with respiratory symptoms
and 12 today with respiratory symptoms.
UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC:
Managing visitation: Indiana hospitals are strictly enforcing visitation rules. We are following
the same policies.
Visitors are prohibited with the following exceptions:
- One designated at end of life with appropriate screening
- One designated for laboring patient with appropriate screening
- One designated for pediatric patient with appropriate screening
- One designated for surgery patient with appropriate screening
If a visitor is permitted, the visitor must remain in the patient’s
room and cannot come and go from the patient’s room. We are doing
this to protect our other high-risk patients and our staff. The visitor
not have a positive or pending COVID-19 test.
- We can utilize FaceTime or Skype connectivity for patients and their family
members to keep them connected. The inpatient nursing staff is offering
family members a phone number to call in for daily updates and also offering
to make daily calls to the patient’s family if preferred.
Why does MHP have a shortage of testing capability? We are exploring several different vendors for testing capabilities. There
are a variety of factors to consider, such as cost to the patient, transportation
of specimens and turnaround times. To date, we have been restricted from
testing certain patients and required to follow algorithms established
by the CDC and ISDH, plus we initially had only two lab choices to use
(ISDH/LabCorp). Both sites had limited availability of test kits and supplies.
Currently, we have a critical shortage of transport media due to the large
demand nationwide. Our orders have been delayed by the manufacturers as
they cannot keep up with demand.
Nursing Home and Home Health patients: The recommendation is to manage positive or suspected COVID-19 patients
in isolation in their current setting and attempt to manage them in their
home or in the SNF unless their situation requires emergency services.
Coordination with City/County/EMS/County Health Dept: We continue to meet bi-weekly and interact daily with local City/County/EMS
leaders and the County Health Department. These community leaders have
been very supportive and are working in coordination with MHP to ensure
Shelby County is well positioned to address this crisis.