Updated: April 7, 2020
MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana - Effective Monday, March 30, Franciscan Health Michigan City's COVID-19 testing site will be relocated to the former hospital campus at 301 West Homer Street.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patients must have an order from a Franciscan physician and pre-register by calling (219) 877-1474. Patients must bring their doctor's order and photo identification to the testing site. Testing at our 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.
Along with the testing, new visitor restrictions will continue at the hospital.
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.
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: