Containment zones, ramped up restrictions at Reid Health for COVID-19 crisis
Reid Health is further restricting visitors and taking additional steps to protect patients and staff in the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
Besides limiting visitors to personal caregivers --and only for those with health or mental challenges that require the assistance -- everyone coming in is having their temperature checked and are required to keep a mask on at all times. A major step launched Saturday was the creation of a temporary Respiratory Clinic at 1501 Chester Boulevard, and the move of Reid Urgent Care temporarily to 1350 Chester for non-respiratory urgent care needs. The clinic processed about 50 patients its first two days.
The Respiratory Clinic is by referral only, with appointments made after initial consults by phone with the clinic hotline (765-965-4200) or with a Reid Health nurse on the free screening portion of the Reid HealthNOW mobile app.
The health system has also closed some of its outpatient physician practices as well to free up providers and staff to assist with a new Respiratory Clinic and other staffing needs as cases of suspected COVID-19 continue to increase. The practices closed so far include:
- Reid Medical Associates in Richmond, which is temporarily a non-respiratory Urgent Care.
- Family and Occupational Medicine of Ridgeville
- Reid Family & Specialty Care, New Castle
- Reid Family
Health in Richmond
And Reid Ready Care Clinic in the Richmond Meijer and Main Street Family Medicine in Brookville remain closed.
On the main campus, other steps include a new process for triage in the Emergency Department that begins outside; and special containment areas in the Intensive Care Unit and on a dedicated nursing unit to avoid mixing potential COVID-19 and non COVID patients.
As of late Monday, the health system had submitted 58 approved tests, with five coming back presumptive positive, 21 negative and 32 pending results. These numbers include inpatients and outpatients quarantined in their homes in the region served by Reid Health.
to ask our communities to take this outbreak seriously, follow all the
restrictions on gathering and travel, and help us slow the spread of this
virus," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing officer. "Our
providers and support staff are rising to the challenge, and they are nothing
short of exceptional. Please help us protect them as they care for all of our patients."
Reid Health officials say they are encouraged by the many offers from the community to donate supplies and make masks to cope with a shortage of protective equipment, and shared information Monday about how to donate.
- For information on masks: www.ReidHealth.org/making-masks
- For the latest closings and cancellations at Reid: https://www.reidhealth.org/reid-cancellations/delays.
- To schedule an appointment with the Respiratory Clinic: Call the hotline at (765) 965-4200 or log into the Reid HealthNOW app for a FREE screening or a reduced price virtual urgent care visit.