As the COVID-19 situation evolves, it's important to stay informed. A letter from Eskenazi Health CEO Dr. Lisa Harris 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Eligibility Updates

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those 12-15 years of age are eligible to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, FDA shortened the time between completion of the primary vaccine series and a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine from six months to at least five months.

It is more important than ever to ensure that you, your loved ones and the patients we serve have the best protection possible from COVID-19 infection.

Given the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death, it is strongly recommended that:

  • Everyone 5 years of age or older should complete a primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
  • Everyone 12 years of age or older who completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series should receive a booster dose at the appropriate time interval (at least five months for those that received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine primary series and at least two months for those that received the Johnson & Johnson initial dose).
  • Individuals who had a prior COVID-19 infection should get vaccinated. People previously infected who are subsequently vaccinated have some of the highest levels of protection.

The COVID-19 vaccine is offered at all Eskenazi Health Pharmacy retail locations and Eskenazi Health Center sites throughout Indianapolis. A team member can review COVID-19 vaccine options. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available at all Eskenazi Health Pharmacy and Eskenazi Health Center locations. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only available at Eskenazi Health St. Margaret’s Pharmacy on the downtown campus.

The vaccine is free to all, regardless of insurance status, and is available from the following locations:

  • Eskenazi Health St. Margaret’s Pharmacy – walk-ins (both patients and the general public) are welcome from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during normal weekend hours.
  • All other Eskenazi Health Pharmacy locations located within Eskenazi Health Center locations – walk-ins (both patients and the general public) are welcome 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care locations – a vaccine appointment is required and can be made by calling Eskenazi Health Connections at 317.880.7666.

How to Obtain Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Anyone who needs proof that he or she received the COVID-19 vaccine can obtain a vaccination certificate by visiting the State of Indiana website and creating an Access Indiana account if one has not already been created.

Please know that the COVID-19 vaccination sites at Eskenazi Health do not offer replacement vaccination certificates.

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

To enhance mask compliance and safety, patients, visitors and patient-facing team members are now required to wear an Eskenazi Health-issued blue ear loop mask upon entry to an Eskenazi Health facility. Face masks must cover the nose and mouth and be worn at all times when in an Eskenazi Health facility. 

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 as of Dec. 30, 2021

Visitors must follow all screening guidelines, wear provided blue ear-loop mask and follow physical distancing and hand washing guidelines.

As of Dec. 30, patients may have one visitor at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. All visitors must show photo identification and will be screened for symptoms at the entrances. No visitors under the age of 16 are allowed at this time.

Patients in the Family Beginnings unit are allowed a significant other/support person to be with them at all times. They may have one additional visitor between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Both parents will be allowed to be with patients in the NICU.

Patients under the age of 18 will be allowed one parent to remain with them at all times.

Patients at the end of life can have no more than two visitors at one time and four in total. Patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who are at the end of life may have two visitors total. Visitors awaiting their turn to visit should wait outside or in their vehicle as waiting rooms are closed.

One visitor will be allowed with a patient in the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department and must remain inside the room with a mask on. Patients with COVID-19 in the Clinical Decision Unit are allowed one visitor during their stay. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; no appointment is necessary for visitation.

Patients with COVID-19 (and those who are awaiting test results) may have one visitor, 16 years and older, per day by appointment only from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Appointments should be scheduled with the patient’s nurse. After checking in at a nurse's station, an Eskenazi Health staff member will assist the visitor in putting on appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Visitors must stay in the patient room for the duration of their stay and must call for an Eskenazi Health staff member to help with removing the PPE safely before leaving the room. Patients undergoing an aerosolizing procedure may not have visitors.

Patients may be accompanied to Oncology and Infusion Center appointments. Visitors should not accompany adult patients for all other specialty care visits. Parents or guardians may attend primary care pediatric visits.    

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.

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 have concerns for possible flu or coronavirus infection or pre-procedural testing for procedures occurring at Eskenazi Health. 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:

El departamento de salud de Indiana ha aumentado las posibilidades de poderse vacunar contra el COVID-19. La información actualizada sobre los requisitos exigidos para vacunarse se encuentran en la página: www.ourshot.in.gov.

Si desea saber cómo protegerse del COVID-19 y proteger a los demás, visite la página de los centros para el control y la prevención de enfermedades (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov.coronavirushttps://espanol.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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