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Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn’t been identified before in humans.
Please call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.
CDC’s frequently asked questions -> https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#symptoms
East Chicago is staying at stage four. In light of Governor Holcomb’s announcement to move the state forward into Back-On-Track stage five; and in the interest of keeping the community of East Chicago healthy and safe, based on present evidence, it is the decision of Mayor Anthony Copeland and East Chicago Health Department to remain at stage four.
As our staff tracks the positivity rate of cases, data reflects an upward trend in the numbers. Currently, 3.7% of East Chicago residents that have been tested are COVID-19 positive. This movement will continue to rise should we end our mitigation efforts.
With winter approaching and flu season beginning the Health Department advises in favor of keeping the City at stage four.
Mask and face coverings are required for all businesses withing the city.
(LINK) link to all ISDH provided testing sites
Below are the known test locations with pre-registration requirements. Call these sites directly for more information. If you are unsure about the tests, you can consult the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) call center for clarification.
If you need to see the state-generated map for test sites within the state of Indiana, the following link will take you there. Click here to view the state testing map.
ISDH Hotline: 317-233-7125
After Hours ISDH Hotline: 219-233-1325
ISDH Free line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 877-826-0011
New! Covid Drive Thru
School City of East Chicago, Administration Building1401 E. 144th St, East Chicago, IN, 46312Dates:
August 24 - November 30thWeekdays OnlyTimes:8:00am - 12:00pm12:30pm - 4:30pm5:00pm - 8:00pmInsurance accepted, Free without insurance
Appointment only (LINK to website)
Price: Insurance accepted, Free without insurance
Location3229 Broadway, Gary, IN 46409Scheduling- By appointment HoursMon - Thu: 8:30AM - 7:00PM Fri: 8:30AM- 5:00PM Sat: 8:30AM -12:00PMRequirements to be Tested- Exposure - Symptomatic Marram conducts testing for residents within the Northwest,Indiana area that may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and/or for those residents that are potentially exhibiting symptoms of the novel corona virus. Payment OptionsThe facility will assist patients with the Indiana Presumptive Eligibility forms as needed and the facility is also able to bill commercial insurances for services.Contact InformationPhone: 219-806-3000
Location7904 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN 46324HoursMon-Sun: 10AM-10PMRequirements to be TestedPayment OptionsAccepting all commercial insurances with a $0 upfront cost for those with accepted insurance. If you are without insurance, we also have affordable pricing options available.Contact InformationPhone: (219) 554-9911
Crown Point Franciscan Campus: 219-681-6912
Michigan City Franciscan Campus: 219-877-1474
Munster - (219) 513-2000
Schereville - (219) 440-7373
Crown Point - (219) 769-1362
Merrillville - 219-707-5276
Scehdule- Walk-Inhours from Monday to Friday: 8 AM to 4Requirements to be tested- SymptomaticInformation symptomaticPhone: 219-881-3777
Location7904 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN 46324HoursMon-Sun: 10AM-10PM
Contact (219) 554-9911
Location (Drive-Thru)1217 US HWY 41, Schererville, IN 46375Scheduling- By appointment Schedule at famurgentcare.comHoursDaily: 9:00AM - 5:00PMRequirements to be Tested- Doctor’s note - Essential worker - Exposure - Healthcare worker - Pregnant - SymptomaticContact InformationPhone: 219-769-6545
Contact InformationPhone: 219-513-4258HoursMon-Fri: 8:00AM - 4:30PMRequirements to be Tested- Essential worker - Exposure - Healthcare worker - Pregnant - Symptomatic COVID-19 tests can be administered to: All patients with COVID-19 symptoms; All healthcare workers, first responders, or exposed patients deemed at risk by our providers (with or without symptoms).Payment OptionsMost insurance plans accepted or self-pay options.
CLICK HERE FOR EXPANDED LINK
Below is a link to the Executive order pertaining to the safety procedures for the city of East Chicago.
Below is a link to the Ordinance pertaining to the procedures for the city of East Chicago.
East Chicago businesses; be aware that the city is still at four and businesses should review guidelines accordingly.
The following hyperlink is a masterpost to all Indiana guidelines for reopening their business. If you need more specific health and business recommendations or local order please contact your local Health Department.
Masterpost for Business guidelines. (East Chicago businesses will refer to stage four guidelines.)
East Chicago Health Department - 219-391-8467
Gary Health Department - 219-822-1113 or 219-822-1114
Lake County Health Department - 219-755-3655
The following web page links to the expanded list of FDA recalled hand sanitizer products.
The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested
The Rental Assistance Portal is designed to help Indiana renters living outside of Marion County whose income has been adversely affected by COVID-19 avoid eviction by connecting them with programs that can help them cover monthly rent payments or past due rent. Individuals that are unable to complete the application online should call 317-800-6000.This phone number is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern.
Application Portal-> https://apply.ihcda.in.gov/submit
For Indiana residents who are in need of food bank locations or how to donate please click the link below.
LINK Indiana food banks
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Click here for CDC pattern and instructions to make your own face mask.
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
Cloth face coverings should—
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
How to Disinfect Frequently Touched Objects and Deep-Cleans (Click for Full Article)Written by the SafeHome Team Updated March, 2020
This guide explains why your home is an important front in the battle against germs and viruses, and covers best practices for cleaning everyday objects, keeping the home safe, and what to do before, after and during your family and guests visit.
No matter how organized and health-conscious you are, it can be tricky to virus-proof your home. Here’s why:
“If you’re sick, it does make sense to steer clear of household members as much as you can, though a strict quarantine is likely not necessary. It should also be emphasized that [just] as important as household quarantine is making sure that you stay home from work or school when you are ill to prevent spread to others.”
– Dr. Stacey Rose, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
“You’ve got a lot more mucus production, coughing, et cetera. It sets you up for possibly a bacterial infection [such as bacterial pneumonia] on top of [flu symptoms].”
– Dr. Peter Shearer, Director of the Emergency Department at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City
“Soap and water works really well. It can dry your hands out a little bit more but when you do it, you want to do it right. That means getting your hands wet with warm water, cleaning them, getting all of the surfaces with soap for 20 seconds — that’s a full time through ‘Happy Birthday’ — and then also rinsing them off afterwards.”
– Emily Landon, Medical Director for Infection Control at the University of Chicago Medical Center
“Sanitizer might feel like a modern-day, scientific, and more clinical upgrade to soap. But I’m here to tell you that soap — all sorts of it: liquid, solid, honeysuckle-scented, the versions inexplicably only marketed to men or women — is a badass, and even more routinely effective than hand sanitizer. We should be excited to use it, as much as possible.”
– Brian Resnick, Senior Science Reporter at Vox.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that an epidemic occurs when a community experiences a widespread, often sudden, outbreak of disease.1 Flu epidemics happen nearly every year in many communities. They last several weeks to several months. During these times, you’re at higher risk of getting sick with the flu. Vaccinations do reduce the danger but are not 100% effective. Plus, not everyone can get vaccinated.
The definition of a pandemic is when a disease is prevalent across an entire country or the world. COVID-19 is one such example.2 However, something much smaller than an epidemic or pandemic could throw your household into chaos. For example, noroviruses spread easily through contaminated food, water and surfaces. The American Lung Association points out that even the common cold can be worrisome, especially if someone in the household has a condition such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema.3 To protect your home, follow these steps:
Please click link for extended tips and tricks for disinfection.
The following link has many print friendly resources to pass out for your organization and/or businesses.
If local health officials report that there are multiple cases of COVID-19 in the community, schools may need to implement additional strategies in response to prevent spread in the school, but they should continue using the strategies they implemented when there was no community transmission. These additional strategies include:
Coordinate with local health officials. This should be a first step in making decisions about responses to the presence of COVID-19 in the community. Health officials can help a school determine which set of strategies might be most appropriate for their specific community’s situation.
Implement multiple social distancing strategies. Select strategies based on feasibility given the unique space and needs of the school. Not all strategies will be feasible for all schools. For example, limiting hall movement options can be particularly challenging in secondary schools. Many strategies that are feasible in primary or secondary schools may be less feasible in childcare settings. Administrators are encouraged to think creatively about all opportunities to increase the physical space between students and limit interactions in large group settings. Schools may consider strategies such as:
Consider ways to accommodate the needs of children and families at risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Consider if and how to honor requests of parents who may have concerns about their children attending school due to underlying medical conditions of their children or others in their home.
Additional information about social distancing, including information on its use for other viral illnesses, is available in this CDC publicationpdf icon.
Additional strategies should be considered when there is substantial transmission in the local community in addition to those implemented when there is no, minimal, or moderate transmission. These strategies include:
Continue to coordinate with local health officials. If local health officials have determined there is substantial transmission of COVID-19 within the community, they will provide guidance to administrators on the best course of action for childcare programs or schools. These strategies are expected to extend across multiple programs, schools, or school districts within the community, as they are not necessarily tied to cases within schools or childcare facilities.
Consider extended school dismissals. In collaboration with local health officials, implement extended school dismissals (e.g., dismissals for longer than two weeks). This longer-term, and likely broader-reaching, dismissal strategy is intended to slow transmission rates of COVID-19 in the community. During extended school dismissals, also cancel extracurricular group activities, school-based afterschool programs, and large events (e.g., assemblies, spirit nights, field trips, and sporting events). Remember to implement strategies to ensure the continuity of education (e.g., distance learning) as well as meal programs and other essential services for students.
REVISED GUIDANCE FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP
During these challenging times, religious entities, faith communities, and religious leaders have been
working together to provide safe ways to serve and encourage their communities. This updated guidance
provides recommendations for places of worship as they plan for services and operations during the next
stages of Indiana’s reopening. In Governor Holcomb’s Stay-At-Home orders, religious entities, groups,
and facilities have been deemed “essential.” Both the United States Constitution and the Indiana
Constitution protect the right of Hoosiers to worship and freely exercise their religion. The purpose of
this guidance is not to restrict religious liberty, but to provide recommendations to places of worship
and encourage safe environments during these extraordinary times.
Places of Worship are Encouraged to Conduct as Many Activities as Possible Remotely
Places of worship should continue using livestream, virtual services, and drive-in services. Faith
communities and religious leaders quickly adapted to these alternative services, which continue to be
recommended practices. Preparing for the livestream services and drive-in services should be conducted
in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Places of Worship Can Continue to Slow the Spread of the Virus and Help Protect Vulnerable Members
and Guests When Conducting In-Person Services
Places of worship can help play an important role in protecting the progress made by all Hoosiers who
hunker down daily. Places of worship can consider implementing strategies for services held in person with
the goal of continuing to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19, while uplifting each other during this
diffi cult time. When providing services in person, places of worship are encouraged to follow the minimum
health protocols described in this document as well as guidance from the White House and CDC.
Recommended Minimum Health Protocols for Places of Worship
The following are the recommended minimum health protocols for places of worship in our state.
Places of worship may adopt additional protocols that are consistent with their specific needs and
circumstances to help protect health and safety. The virus is still impacting our communities, and we
should continue to observe practices that protect all Hoosiers, including those who are at-risk
and most vulnerable.
When services are in person, consider the following practices:
• Ask all individuals who are 65 and above or who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay
home and watch services online
• Ensure 6 feet between individuals or family units of the same households during services
• Space and mark seating, alternating rows when possible
• Clean between each service and disinfect high-contact surfaces regularly
• Place hand sanitizers in high-contact locations (e.g. bathroom, entry, exit) and ask staff, members,
and guests to sanitize their hands before entering the building
• Recommend putting on a face covering before entering the building
• Consider placing signage telling staff, members, and guests to not enter if they are symptomatic
or if they have tested positive for COVID-19
• Implement non-contact greetings
• Avoid handing out materials
• Keep cafés, coffee, and other self-service stations closed
• Establish safety protocols for any communion and collection to avoid contact
• Dismiss services in a way that supports social distancing
• Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices
• Consider waiting to reopen the preschool and children areas until schools reopen. If open, do not
place a mask on children age two (2) or under per CDC guidelines, and limit leaders in the preschool
and children’s areas to those who do not have pre-existing conditions and those under age 65
• Clean entire facility (e.g. shampooing carpets, sanitizing bathrooms, doorknobs, light switches,
• Consider offering multiple service times to encourage a greater opportunity for social distancing
• Consider having a sign-up for services to allow for an attendance and capacity plan
• Consider suspending in-person praise teams or choirs and using previously taped performances.
If in-person teams are used, use proper social distancing and limited team members
This Guidance Provides Only Recommendations and Suggestions
Under the exceptional times in which Hoosiers connect with their faith communities, these guidelines
provide that places of worship may remain open. The guidelines only make recommendations because
of the compelling interest of the state to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance on child cares remaining open/closing in light of COVID-19 pandemic March 20, 2020 (LINK)
Visit FSSA for COVID-19 checklist (LINK)
Child care is an essential service. This means that the operations of child care are necessary to continue to support the function of societal operations. Child care may remain open under the following conditions:
1. First priority shall be given to children of first responders, medical professionals and other professionals whose work is essential for the general community to stay healthy and safe. This includes children of workers who provide access to food and/or work in the general supply chain for goods, services and other basic needs.
2. Child care providers/operators who are over the age of 60 should close and should not be providing care. In addition, it is recommended that caregivers who are over the age of 60 and/or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease or are medically fragile should stay home and should not be providing care to children in a child care setting.
3. All child care providers should immediately institute the practice of checking the temperature of each child when they are brought into the child care, before the parent leaves. If the child presents with a temperature of over 100.4, the child should not remain at the child care and must return home with the parent. Children who have had symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea should remain home for at least 24 hours after the last episode, and should be fever free for at least 24 hours without being given fever-reducing medications. Families should be informed of this new policy in writing and providers can use the template provided by OECOSL to make this notification.
4. Social distancing practices should be continued with new policies that do not allow more than 20 children within one classroom or area. In addition, it is recommended that when possible programs keep the same children in consistent groups with the same teacher/caregiver. Flexibility can be used for intermittent scheduling when appropriate; however, the overarching goal is to minimize mingling of children.
5. It is recommended that programs adjust their daily schedules to allow one hour per day for deep cleaning when children are not present. This may mean that programs close one hour early or open one hour late and have teaching staff perform deep cleaning of the early education environment. Please reference the cleaning and sanitizing information released by OECOSL for information on how to ensure cleaning practices are safe in the child care environment.
6. If a positive case of COVID-19 has occurred fora child orcaregiver the facilitymust temporarily closeto facilitate cleaning. Those who are direct contacts should self-isolate. The facility shouldcomplete deep cleaning and sanitizing of the child care in order to rapidly reopen.Please see the OECOSL guidancedocumenttitled COVID-19 checklistfor guidance aswell assample templates for notifying staff and families of closures due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Guidance for Wearing Face-Coverings in Public
ARE FACE COVERINGS RECOMMENDED FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC?
Recent studies have shown that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.
WHAT TYPES OF FACE COVERINGS ARE RECOMMENDED?
Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
HOW SHOULD CLOTH FACE COVERINGS BE WORN?
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than age 2 or on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Cloth face coverings should:
HOW DO I MAKE A CLOTH FACE COVERING?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted detailed directions and patterns for making cloth face coverings with or without sewing. U.S. Surgeon General has also posted a video showing how to make your own face covering.
CARING FOR CLOTH FACE COVERINGS
Cloth face coverings should be routinely cleaned in a washing machine depending on the frequency of use.
HOW TO SAFELY REMOVE A USED CLOTH FACE COVERING
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
General questions from the public or healthcare provider inquiries about COVID-19 may be directed to the ISDH COVID- 19 Call Center at the toll-free number 877-826-0011 (available 24/7).
Additional information and resources for COVID-19 are available at the links below.
CDC COVID-19 webpage: http://coronavirus.gov
ISDH COVID-19 webpage: https://coronavirus.in.gov
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
COVID-19 Information for Public Facilities and Organizations
Last Updated 3/2/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus. It is not the same as other types of coronaviruses that commonly circulate among people and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
WHAT CAN ORGANIZATIONS DO TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Public facilities and organizations should take everyday preventive measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. These include:
Last Updated 3/11/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
Preparing now for a COVID-19 outbreak is the best way to protect people experiencing homelessness, homeless service
provider staff and volunteers from this disease. An outbreak of COVID-19 in your community could cause illness among
people experiencing homelessness, contribute to an increase in emergency shelter usage and/or lead to illness and
absenteeism among homeless service provider staff.
Develop flexible attendance and sick-leave policies. Staff (and volunteers) may need to stay home when they are sick, caring for a sick household member or caring for their children in the event of school dismissals. Identify critical job functions and positions, and plan foralternative coverage by cross-training staff members.
When public health officials determine that the outbreak has ended in your local community, take time to talk over your
experiences with your clients and staff.
The ISDH call center for healthcare providers and members of the public who have concerns about COVID-19 is now staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 317-233-7125. After-hours calls should be directed to 317-233-1325 and will be answered by an on-call epidemiologist.
Home Care Instructions for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last Updated 2/28/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
The following instructions are for people who have or are being evaluated for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and their families and caregivers. If you have or are being evaluated for COVID-19, you should follow the prevention steps below until a healthcare provider, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), or your local health department determines that you can return to your normal activities.
If you are not sure if you have COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider, in consultation with the health department, will determine whether you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing and will determine the most appropriate care plan for you.
INFORMATION FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS WHO ARE NOT HOSPITALIZED
1. Stay home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
2. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom. If you must be in the same room as other people, wear a facemask to prevent spreading germs to others. Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, you should also avoid contact with animals or pets while you are sick.
3. Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19 so they can prepare for your visit and take steps to keep other people from being exposed or infected.
4. Wear a facemask. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
5. Cover coughs and sneezes. To prevent spreading germs to others, when coughing or sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. You should use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
6. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and if hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
7. Avoid sharing household items. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people or pets in your home. These items should be washed thoroughly after use with soap and warm water.
8. Monitor your symptoms. If illness gets worse (e.g., trouble breathing, pain in chest), get medical care right away. Before you visit a clinic or hospital, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or might have, COVID-19. This will help your provider take steps to keep other people from getting infected. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
These recommendations should be followed until your healthcare provider and/or the health department confirm that you do not have COVID-19 or determine that you are no longer contagious.
Last Updated 2/28/2020 For additional information, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
INFORMATION FOR CAREGIVERS AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS OF COVID-19 PATIENTS
1. Limit visitors to only people caring for the patient. As much as possible, anyone who is not caring for the patient should stay in another home or stay in other rooms. They should also use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible. Keep elderly people and those who have weak immune systems or chronic health conditions away from the person.
2. Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow. Open windows or use an air conditioner, if possible.
3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. You should use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
5. Wear a disposable facemask when in the same room as the patient.
6. Wear a disposable facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s blood, body fluids and/or secretions, such as saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine, or diarrhea. Throw these away after use and do not reuse. When removing, first remove and dispose of gloves, then immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Next, remove and dispose of the facemask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
7. Avoid sharing household items. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items the patient. Follow the cleaning instructions below.
8. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day using household disinfectants. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, body fluids and/or secretions or excretions on them.
9. Cleaning Instructions: • Follow the recommendations provided on cleaning product labels, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves or aprons and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
• Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, body fluids and/or secretions or excretions on them. Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Wash your hands immediately after removing your gloves. Read and follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In general, wash and dry with the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.
• Place all used disposable gloves, gowns, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Wash your hands immediately after handling these items.
10. Monitor the patient’s symptoms. If they are getting sicker (e.g., trouble breathing, pain in chest), call their medical provider and tell the medical staff that the person has, or is being evaluated for, COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. Ask the healthcare provider to call the local or state health department for additional guidance. If the patient has a medical emergency and you need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that the patient has, or is being evaluated for, COVID-19.
11. Monitor your own health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms. Call your provider before going to a hospital or clinic to describe your symptoms and let them know that you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.