As the COVID-19 situation evolves, it's important to stay informed. A new letter from Eskenazi Health CEO Dr. Lisa Harris (May 22, 2020) describes what we are doing to help stop the spread and keep you safe and healthy. Throughout our website, you can find more information on COVID-19, including the importance of continuing to address other health concerns, keeping your mental health a priority, and preparing but not panicking

Thank You

We recognize the sacrifices all Hoosiers are making to support the fight against COVID-19. From providing meals to those in need to sharing messages of encouragement, Eskenazi Health stands in awe of the community's strength and charity. Thank you for taking care of each other and allowing us to take care of you. Read our full message of thanks here.  

Eskenazi Health Dashboard

Eskenazi Health is committed to sharing information as we help the community through this crisis. The Eskenazi Health-specific COVID-19 figures found in this dashboard will be updated twice a week. Data collection began on March 3, 2020 and is specific to Eskenazi Health patients and Eskenazi Health team members. For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation in Indiana, including overall surge capacity, please visit https://coronavirus.in.gov

Eskenazi Health Safety Plan

Eskenazi Health takes the health and safety of our employees very seriously. In response to the spread of COVID-19, and in compliance with the Governor's Executive Order 20-26, we have developed this COVID-19 Safety Plan as part of our efforts to reduce the potential for exposure to and spread of the coronavirus. 

Masks and Health and Safety Information

As we work to conserve our supplies for our health care staff and team members, we are requiring patients who are coming for appointments at any Eskenazi Health facility to wear their own face covering. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and be worn at all times when in an Eskenazi Health facility. 

We are currently accepting donations of new personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, including homemade cloth masks. Please visit this page to learn more. Instructions for how to make your own cloth mask are also included on this page.

As we begin to schedule more in-person appointments and procedures, please know that your health and safety remain our priority. Please review this information to learn what we are doing to protect you and our team members. 

For information on how to wear a face covering correctly, please visit this page:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

Updated Visitor Restrictions for Eskenazi Health Begin Nov. 19

Beginning on Thursday, Nov. 19, no visitors will be permitted at Eskenazi Health with exceptions considered in the following areas where a patient may receive very limited numbers of visitors. Any visitors should be limited to those individuals that are essential to the care and safety of the patient. This measured and cautious approach is aimed to maintain the safest environment possible.

  • Pediatrics (18 years old or lower) – one visitor 
  • NICU – two visitors
  • Family Beginnings – one visitor
  • Surgery (to support safe discharge to home) – one visitor
  • Vulnerable patients with special needs(examples include patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, patients with cognitive impairments including dementia, Down syndrome, autism, victims of sexual assault including an advocate present during a medical forensic exam)
  • Patients at the end of life – no more than two

Visitors are restricted in ambulatory care areas as well unless they meet the above exceptions. 

All allowed visitors will be screened for symptoms at the entrances and must wear a mask at all times during the visit. Masks cannot have an exhalation or pop-off valve. 

Food for Patients: If you wish to bring or send food to a patient, please know that team members will do their best to meet those requests; however, there may be delays in getting the food to your loved one.

Patient families are encouraged to check on a patient receiving care in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital at any time by calling 317.880.0000. If the patient is in critical condition in the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department, please call 317.880.8100. This line is staffed from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If it is after these hours or on the weekend, please call 317.880.9191. 

Temporary Prescription Delivery Service Available from Eskenazi Health St. Margaret’s Pharmacy

In support of social distancing, Eskenazi Health Pharmacy is offering prescription delivery for Eskenazi Health patients. Patients can call Eskenazi Health St. Margaret’s Pharmacy at 317.880.4500. A staff member will verify the insurance and payment information and discuss prescription needs. Once filled, the prescription will be delivered to the patient’s residence at no additional charge.

Symptoms to Know, Who to Call and What to Do

If you are ill with flu-like symptoms such as fever, new cough and shortness of breath, please call your primary care provider or Eskenazi Health Connections at 317.880.7666. Health care professionals are available 24/7 to answer questions on symptoms and direct you to the most appropriate care. It is important to first call before arriving to Eskenazi Health facilities.

Eskenazi Health offers COVID-19 testing for those who are symptomatic with respiratory symptoms and concerns for possible flu or coronavirus infection. Asymptomatic patients will not be tested. Individuals must be an established patient within the Eskenazi Health system. All testing is by appointment. Please call Eskenazi Health Connections at 317.880.7666 to schedule a test.

Learn more about how to stay healthy from Dr. Amy Beth Kressel, medical director of Eskenazi Health Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Resources to Learn More About COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, otherwise healthy, stable patients with fever and new cough should stay home and isolate. This includes not going out in public places. Learn more on the CDC website

In addition, the Indiana State Department of Health has a COVID-19 resource line open to the public that is staffed 24/7: 1.877.826.0011

Video Resources

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19: What to do if you’ve been exposed
COVID-19: What to do if you have it
5 Steps to Proper Hand Washing
Social Distancing
How to Social Distance

Commitment to Employment

Eskenazi Health's importance to the community has never been greater, both now and as we look to the future. We are committed to ensuring that employees have roles to fill and work to do as we continue to move through the pandemic. 

Información es español sobre el COVID-19

En cada uno de los siguientes enlaces encontrará información útil, no solo para prevenir el contagio con el coronavirus COVID-19, sino para reducir el estrés que ocasiona la pandemia:

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