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

Who's Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Hoosiers age 5 and older can register for the COVID-19 vaccine by going to, searching for a nearby vaccine clinic and selecting an appointment time. Appointments may also be made by calling 211.

An adult must accompany a child age 5 to 15 to the appointment; parental consent is required for minors. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one of the three COVID-19 vaccines that is currently approved for use in individuals younger than age 18.

The COVID-19 vaccine is offered at all Eskenazi Health pharmacies. The vaccine is offered for free to everyone, including non-patients. Vaccines are offered on a walk-in basis during regular pharmacy business hours. Hours of operation and more information on all Eskenazi Health pharmacies can be found here.

The Eskenazi Health COVID-19 mass vaccination site on the Eskenazi Health downtown campus is now closed.

Eskenazi Health Center is also welcoming everyone, including non-patients, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Eskenazi Health Center locations throughout Indianapolis. Walk-ins will be accepted during regular operating hours at the following sites:

  • Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn
  • Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor
  • Eskenazi Health Center Grassy Creek
  • Eskenazi Health Center North Arlington
  • Eskenazi Health Center Pecar
  • Eskenazi Health Center West 38th Street
  • Eskenazi Health Center Westside

Patients age 18 and older with an Eskenazi Health MyChart account now have the option to directly schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the Eskenazi Health Center site of their choosing. If a patient has already received the first dose of the vaccine, the option to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment will not appear. The appointment for the second vaccination will be scheduled for the patient upon receiving the first dose. Hours of operation and address information can be found here.

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:

Updated Visitor Restrictions for Eskenazi Health as of Aug. 20, 2021

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

As of Aug. 20, two visitors for patients who do not have COVID-19 will be permitted at Eskenazi Health from 8 a.m. - 8 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 8 a.m. – 8 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 10 in total. Patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who are at the end of life may have two visitors total. End-of-life visits with patients who are COVID-19 positive will be limited to one hour every 12 hours. Visitors awaiting their turn to visit should wait outside or in their vehicle as waiting rooms are closed.

Two visitors total will be allowed with patients in the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department and must remain inside the room with their masks on. Patients with COVID-19 in the Clinical Decision Unit are allowed one visitor total during their stay. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. – 8 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 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Appointments should be scheduled with the patient’s nurse. These visits will last for one hour each day. 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. 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. 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:

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):

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