Memorial Hospital shares COVID-19 testing details

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JASPER — A dashboard on Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s website details the testing the hospital has done regarding COVID -19.

As of Friday, the Jasper hospital reports, it has submitted 70 tests to the state. Forty of those tests were negative and 27 tests are currently pending.

The hospital reports four positve results in the county, but stresses that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case, not the county where the test was administered.

See Memorial's COVID-19 dashboard here. It will be updated by 11 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday.

A news release from Memorial stresses recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• Practice social distancing. Stay home if possible.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If hand washing is unavailable, use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).

• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw it in the trash.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Sanitize frequently touched surfaces and objects frequently.

• Avoid handshakes and high-fives to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

• Stay home except to get medical care.

In addition, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has listed Indianapolis among one of six new COVID-19 hotspots. This is due to significantly growing cases, and hospitals are gearing up for an influx of COVID-19 patients. Indianapolis is listed among New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami. Avoid travel unless critical, especially to Indianapolis.

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms who do not require emergency department services are encouraged to call 812-996-6330 or visit Memorial’s Alternative Screening Site, located at 695 W. Second St. in Jasper. The site is open rom 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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