COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Checklist: Before You Leave Your House - Owensboro Health

Published on March 19, 2020

Patients: Know Before You Go

Before You Leave Your House to seek care or decide to call your Primary Care Provider (PCP), or the the Owensboro Health COVID-19 Hotline (1-877-888-6647)

Infection Prevention

  • The best way to protect yourself from a respiratory illness, including COVID-19, is to wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and cover your sneeze or cough in your elbow
  • Social distancing: Stay away from large crowds and put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. As per a recent presidential decree limit gatherings to less than 10 people if you must have such an event.

What else can you do?

  • Take this opportunity to stay home whenever possible. Enjoy time with your loved ones while practicing the CDC’s prevention methods.
  • With limited testing supplies and availability here and across the country, we want to ensure testing capabilities are reserved for those at the highest risk.

What should I expect at the testing site? What happens when I arrive?

  • You will be given directions to drive to the location and STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE. Our onsite signage will help guide you.
  • Some additional questions of verification will be asked. 
  • You will be tested using a nasal swab sample. You may also be tested for other respiratory illnesses if necessary. 
  • If you receive a nasal swab for COVID-19, you will be considered presumptive positive and you should stay home and self-quarantine until you receive final results. 

How will I receive my results of the test?

  • You will provide your personal information and will receive a phone call once your test results are in.
  • Additionally, if you are already an Owensboro Health patient, your results will also be added to your Owensboro Health MyChart.
  • Please be patient. At this time, it can take up to 5 days to receive test results through commercial lab testing. We are working on testing capabilities within our facilities for the near future, which will be much faster.

What happens after I am tested?

  • Once you are tested, you will be asked to self-quarantine until we receive your results and given instructions on how you and your caregivers do that based upon CDC and State Health Department guidance.
  • If your symptoms worsen and there is concern that you may require additional medical care you should call our Hotline (877-888-6647). You may need to be admitted to the hospital. However, only a small percentage of people require this.

Self-assessment

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have 2 of the 3 following symptoms: (Yes/No)
    • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  2. In the last month, have you been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19? (Yes/No)
  3. In the last month, have you traveled internationally or to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak? (Yes/No)

If you answered "NO" to both Questions #1 and #2 or both Questions #1 and #3: 

Please, stay home. Continue to follow the CDC recommended prevention methods above and monitor for a change in symptoms.

If you answered "YES" to both Questions #1 and #2 or both Questions #1 and #3: 

If you are below age 60 and have no other health issues, you should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days. 

  • If you have to be out in the community or if your symptoms worsen, call your Primary Care Provider or our COVID-19 Hotline (1-877-888-6647) and we may end up having you come through our Drive Thru testing site. 

If you are over age 60, please call your Primary Care Provider or our Hotline (1-877-888-6647) and we will likely set-up a drive-through testing appointment for you. 

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