Coronavirus Update: What You Need to Know

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Provided below is information with the latest local updates, prevention tips and information about exposure risk and testing options. This page will be updated with any new developments.

Updates for Patient Visitors

With the best interests of our patients and workforce in mind, Columbus Regional Health has decided to expand our visitor options for people receiving inpatient and outpatient services on the hospital campus. Effective immediately, each inpatient or person receiving an outpatient service at the hospital is allowed one designated visitor per day.

In addition, the following guidelines apply to a designated visitor:

  • The person must be age 18 or over, and pass temperature and symptom screening criteria
  • Visitors must wear a mask; cloth masks are acceptable
  • Visitors must enter the facility through one of three designated entrances (see below)
  • Hospital screening staff will provide a sticker to be worn at all times, identifying the person as a visitor who has passed screening criteria
  • Each approved visitor will be supplied an information sheet with instructions for the visit
  • Visits will be limited to one two-hour session per day

Limited Hospital Entrances: The Columbus Regional Hospital campus is restricting public entrances and actively screening those who visit the facility. The three hospital facility entrances that will be open to the public are:

  • Entrance 1 (Emergency Department) – open 24/7
  • Entrance 2 – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 3 (Main) – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 4 will function as an admit and discharge only location for Surgical Services and Endoscopy Center patients.

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Want to reach out to a patient but can't visit in person? Try our Email a Patient form.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing

Do you have symptoms? (Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)

  • Do you have a primary care provider (PCP)? If so, call your PCP.
  • Don’t have a PCP or have questions? Call WellConnect at 812.376.5136. They can help you get established with a PCP and get an appointment for evaluation/testing.
  • If you are ill and need to see a provider right away, go to PromptMed, located at 2502 25th Street, Columbus, IN (No appointment necessary).
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to stay home except to see your PCP.

Should you be tested?

  • If you've had close contact with someone with COVID-19, but are not having symptoms, you should quarantine yourself for 14 days. You can be tested for COVID-19 by your PCP, but you MUST remain in quarantine for 14 days regardless of the results of the test. This is a safety recommendation due to the moderate percentage rate of false-negative tests, which is a national issue.

COVID-19 Instructions/Resources for Our Community

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Returning to work or sending the kids off to school can cause some unease and anxiety; however, remember YOU still hold the power to do your part to slow spread and protect you and others from coronavirus. Wear a mask in public, social distance from anyone not in your household, wash hands frequently and avoid large gatherings. You can find more helpful resources in our Back-to-School/Back-to-Work Guides.

Seek Care -- We're Here for You!
Our careful and calculated phased approach to reopening services is being conducted under heightened conditions designed to continue to preserve and protect the safe, effective, and efficient care of our patients, safety of our workforce and facilities, and experience for our patients and community. If you have an appointment with us or need to seek care, we are ready to warmly welcome you.

If you don't already have one, consider signing up for a MyChart account, so that you can utilize our "Hello, Patient!" feature for a safe, easy and contact-free check-in process!

Do you prefer a virtual visit? Talk with your provider about your options!

Screening at Columbus Regional Health locations
: Each Columbus Regional Health location has implemented screening and entry processes for the safety of all. All staff and patients are to wear a mask throughout all of our facilities. At Columbus Regional Hospital, staff is actively conducting wellness screening for individuals entering the facility at dedicated entrances.

All CRH practices and off-site locations have posted check-in procedures on signage in their respective parking lots or on their front entrances. Some ask that you call from your vehicle before entering the building, and some are normal check-in at the front desk, but all require that you wear masks at all times and practice physical distancing while in each location.

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