Updated: October 26, 2020
MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana - Effective Monday, June 1, drive-through pre-surgical and outpatient COVID testing will move from Franciscan Health's Homer Street campus to the Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital located at 3500 Franciscan Way.
Drive-through testing will take place at the COVID testing trailer, located in the east parking lot closest to the medical office building (Door B). Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to noon, seven days a week. Patients must have an order from a Franciscan physician or closely aligned physician with hospital privileges. Pre-registration is required by calling (219) 877-1474. Patients must bring their photo identification to the testing site. Testing at the Michigan City site is limited to residents of LaPorte, Porter and Berrien counties.
To minimize unnecessary exposure, testing will be completed in the patient's car. After testing, patients will be sent home to treat their symptoms. The patient's physician will notify them with test results within three to five days. 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.
For those seeking information, we request that they not call the Emergency Department, since it takes resources away from treating our patients. For frequently asked questions about coronavirus, you can call this hotline: (219) 879-8511, prompt #8. This is not a medical screening hotline, it’s general information only. A free online COVID-19 risk assessment tool is also available at franciscanhealth.org/covidaware.
All visitation continues to be suspended throughout Franciscan Health hospitals unless listed in the following exceptions for healthy visitors: View Current Visitor Restrictions.
Other changes for visitors include the suspension of valet parking until further notice. Public Mass in the hospital's chapel will be suspended, though Mass continues to be offered to patients via video in their rooms. The Dunes Café is closed to the general public. However, packaged grab-and-go meals are offered for sale to patient visitors.
Those with general questions about coronavirus can also find resources online, which are updated regularly, including: