First COVID-19 case reported in Vanderburgh CoMarch 19, 2020
From Local Sources
Deaconess in Evansville has received a second positive COVID-19 test result, the first positive from Vanderburgh County. The patient has been notified and is doing well at home, in quarantine.
The health system's first positive result came this morning and the patient was from Henderson, Kentucky.
In this second instance, the patient utilized a free Deaconess Clinic LIVE video visit, and then was sent for curbside testing, facilitated by an employee who was wearing personal protective equipment.
“This is the ideal circumstance for protecting healthcare workers and other patients from COVID-19,” said Dr. Amanda Bohleber, chief transformation officer, and medical director of Telehealth Services. “The patient never had contact with any other patients or came into any of our facilities.”
Since March 7, Deaconess Clinic LIVE visits have been free, and Deaconess has been expanding capacity with more visits available daily; since the video visits became free, nearly 300 patients have received consult and triage from a Deaconess Clinic provider.
“We are currently seeing 50-60 patients daily (on Deaconess Clinic LIVE), and are working fast to expand to 24/7 coverage to help see even more patients,” said Bohleber. “Due to recent national telehealth law changes, Deaconess has also been able to shift some video visits to Facetime or Google Duo calls, further enhancing our telehealth capabilities.”
More information about these resources is available at deaconess.com/coronavirus.
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