Reid Health closes Brookville office temporarily after Franklin COVID-19 possible case
A patient in Franklin County is "presumptive positive" for COVID-19, so Reid Health is closing its Main Street Family Medicine in Brookville temporarily based on guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health.
Because the patient had recently been in the practice, Reid Health Physician Associates is in the process of evaluating its Brookville office employees per state health department guidelines for potential exposure of healthcare workers. The outcome of that evaluation and further investigation by Franklin County health officials will determine when the office will reopen. All affected patients are being contacted for rescheduling.
Reid Health Vice
President of Medical Affairs Thomas Huth, M.D., said patients who visited the
office when the patient was last seen are also being contacted and advised of
any concerns. "We continue to take aggressive steps in dealing with
COVID-19 as we do everything possible to reduce risk to the communities."
Dr. Huth said he
understands the patient in the presumptive case did not need hospitalization,
is in self-quarantine with the patient's family and doing extremely well.
The goal of these steps and other recent restrictions is to protect
staff and patients and also helps with social distancing, which could slow the
spread and reduce the chances of a spike in cases that overwhelm the health
Starting last Friday,
Reid Health began limiting visitors and screening patients and visitors at the
entrances of its main campus and at all regional Reid Health Physician
Associates practices in Indiana and Ohio.
On the main campus, the steps include:
- A "no visitor" policy with exceptions for certain situations such as end of life, the Family Birthing Center, Emergency Department, or surgery
- Staff at the entrances of the hospital campus and physician offices asking screening questions of everyone before they enter
- When appropriate, having people return to their cars for phone triage if COVID-19 risk is determined
- Asking anyone with potential COVID-19 exposure to call ahead before going to any physician office, urgent care or emergency room
- Encouraging anyone who has an appointment at a Reid facility to arrive extra early for the verbal screening process
A task force has been evaluating and making plans based on Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recommendations
for handling COVID-19, including how to protect staff as well as patients.
latest information from Reid Health on COVID-19, visit the health system's Plan, Don't Panic web page. The page
also includes links to Ohio and Indiana State Health Departments, the Centers
for Disease Control and other resources.