There is now drive-through testing for the COVID-19 virus in Crawfordsville. It began yesterday through a partnership with Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, Montgomery County Health Department, Franciscan Physician Network, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, Alverno Laboratories and the Crawfordsville Community School Corporation.
The drive-through site is located at Crawfordsville High School and it is in operation Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
However, before you get in the car and drive out there, those who will be tested must have a physician order and pre-register by calling Franciscan Health Central Scheduling at (800) 411-5556. The patient's physician will provide the drive-through testing site with the order prior to the patient arriving for test.
“Due to a shortage of testing supplies, we are rationing this unpleasant nasopharyngeal swab to a very selective group,” said Dr. Scott Douglas, Montgomery County Health Officer. “This group includes symptomatic healthcare providers and first responders who have a doctor’s order.”?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.
Symptomatic individuals with more serious symptoms such as chest pain, high fever or shortness of breath should seek medical attention immediately. Those with mild illness should stay home and self-isolate using CDC guidelines.?For those seeking information, please do not call the Emergency Department. It takes resources away from treating patients. Instead, please reach out to your physician's office.
According to the health department, Montgomery County still has six confirmed cases.
Because of the drive-through testing, the city announced that the public recycling bins at the high school have been removed to eliminate unnecessary traffic. When the drive-through site is gone the bins will be put back. This has no impact on the home recycling program in the city limits.
Recycling items may be dropped off at the bins at W Enterprises, located at 302 S. Oak Street (the corner of South Oak and East Wabash Avenue). In addition, there are recycle bins at Southmont High School and North Montgomery High School. These sites will continue to operate as normal.
Meanwhile at the state, Indiana has 2,159 positive cases and 49 fatalities. Out of Indiana’s 92 counties, only 11 do not have confirmed cases of the virus.
On Tuesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order and detailed Indiana’s plan for the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases.
“We see a surge coming and we’re calling in the reinforcements, bolstering Indiana’s capacity to provide additional health care services during this emergency,” Holcomb said. “By eliminating licensing barriers and tapping in to the available talent pool of healthcare workers, Hoosiers are staffing up and stepping up to meet this challenge head-on.”
The executive order allows the following professionals who do not currently hold an active license to practice:
Medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five years
Medical professionals who hold licenses in other states
Medical professionals who held licenses in other states and retired or became inactive in the last five years
Certain medical students and graduates
These professionals must register with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency via their website at www.in.gov/pla. These professionals will be able to assist in screenings, telemedicine and other basic procedures to allow regularly licensed medical professionals to be on the frontline.
In Indiana, the baseline number of critical care hospital beds is 1,432. As of Monday, hospitals have already taken steps to increase the number of critical care hospital beds to 1,940. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by taking existing noncritical care hospital beds, recovery rooms, operating rooms and outpatient facilities, turning them into critical care hospital beds.
In Indiana, the baseline number of ventilators is 1,177 ventilators. As of Monday, hospitals have identified another 750 ventilators that can be used for critical care patients. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by repurposing ventilators from operating rooms, ambulatory care centers, EMS and the Indiana National Guard.
Additionally, the surge plan calls for moving less critical patients to alternate facilities including neighborhood hospitals, medical clinics and state-owned hospitals, such as unopened floors at the NeuroDiagnostic Institute hospital in Indianapolis and the Richmond State Hospital.
If needed, after all of these steps are exhausted, Indiana will be prepared to put patients in alternative facilities. The Indiana National Guard and Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with FEMA, are in charge of these plans.
The state of Indiana has been working on plans related to COVID-19 since January, and each hospital has a disaster plan in place. Planning has become more specific for state health and hospital officials as models of the projected impact of coronavirus became available. Based on those models, Indiana’s patient surge is expected to begin soon and the peak is expected to be mid-April to mid-May.