Updated: April 7, 2020
CROWN POINT, Indiana - Franciscan Health Crown Point, 1201 South Main Street, is offering outpatient testing on a limited basis for novel COVID-19 coronavirus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, outside the Emergency Department.
Due to limited testing supplies we must reduce daily testing volumes and prioritize our most at-risk patients. A physician’s order and pre-registration is required to be tested. Patients must call (219) 681-6912 prior to arrival to pre-register. To minimize unnecessary exposure, testing will be completed in the patient's car. Patients should not enter the Emergency Department for testing. The patient's physician will notify them with test results within three to four days.
We ask the public's understanding that only a set number of tests are available each day and that volume will depend on available supplies. If testing is no longer available, we encourage you to seek out another facility to receive testing. The public should also be aware that if tested, they will be required to self-quarantine as mandated by the state.
COVID-19 is a viral illness, and treatment is rest, drinking fluids and medication that reduces fever. You can protect yourself from transmission of the virus by washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others, staying home if sick, covering coughs and sneezes and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.
All visitation will be suspended throughout Franciscan Health hospitals unless listed in the following exceptions for healthy visitors:
- A laboring woman will be allowed one visitor, a spouse or partner during labor and delivery. In addition, a labor coach will be allowed.
- A mother who is providing breastmilk to a NICU infant will be allowed to remain in the facility for the duration of the NICU stay for that purpose.
- For an Emergency Room patient, one visitor will be allowed only for patients that do not have actual or legal decisional capacity. Those include persons under 18, persons with dementia and persons whose condition precludes obtaining an accurate history or decision making.
- For surgical patients no visitors will be allowed except for patients that do not have actual or legal decisional capacity, who may have one visitor. Those include persons under 18, persons with dementia and persons whose condition precludes obtaining an accurate history or decision making.
- In non-COVID end-of-life situations a spouse, child or parent will be allowed to visit. One visitor will be allowed for the duration. A second visitor will be allowed on a rotating basis with no more than two visitors at a time. Visitors will be escorted into the room and out of the hospital. Franciscan Alliance Pastoral Care is part of the care team and is allowed to visit. External pastoral care are not considered part of the care team and are not permitted.
- In COVID end-of-life situations one visitor will be allowed to visit. The visitor must wear full PPE while in attendance. Franciscan Alliance Pastoral Care is part of the care team and is allowed to visit, wearing full PPE while in attendance. External pastoral care are not considered part of the care teamand are not permitted.
All visitors will be required to wear masks in order to protect others from asymptomatic carriers who might otherwise spread the virus.
This is a public health issue, and it is our intent to protect the health and safety of our patients, our visitors and our employees. In doing so, we can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, flu and other seasonal-related medical issues.
Those with general questions about coronavirus can find resources online, which are updated regularly, including: