Regional hospitals prepare for potential coronavirus cases

Coronavirus Watch

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – As cases of the coronavirus continue to climb, some regional hospitals are now implementing measures to ensure the public remains healthy.

Several area hospitals are continuing to gear up to help combat the coronavirus including deaconess Midtown.

“I would say you’re still at higher risk at this point of developing the flu but certainly I think coronavirus will eventually make its way around and we will see cases of that eventually and certainly that is concerning for people and in terms of how we prepare for it we prepare for it just like the flu,” said Deaconess Midtown Medical Director Dr. Phillip Adams.

As cases of the coronavirus began to spread, Deaconess began taking action by creating a website to share resources and information. They also created a 24-hour dedicated hotline for patients to discuss symptoms.

Some hospitals including Deaconess are adding visitation policies and restrictions to keep those vulnerable in a healthy environment.

“We have been screening for patients who have had recent travels to affected areas based on CDC recommendations in place,” Dr. Adams said.

Dr. Adams said the signs and symptoms of coronavirus range from mild to severe with symptoms appearing as late as 14 days after exposure.

“With the coronavirus, the things we are looking at in terms of needing immediate care are if you’re having difficulty breathing, if your lips are turning blue, or your finger tips are turning blue or you’re developing chest pain,” Dr. Adams said.

Dr. Adams says to wash your hands and step up the cleaning routine.

“We would recommend that you wipe down things, objects that you use frequently like door handles or sinks and those things with standard household cleaning wipes or sprays,” Dr. Adams said.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of this illness. 

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(This story was originally published on March 9, 2020)

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