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Evangelical Community Hospital is committed to the health and safety of our community. Any coronavirus (COVID-19) updates as it relates to Evangelical Community Hospital facilities will be posted here.

May 22, 2020

Professional Office Building Entrance
In an effort to accommodate patients with appointments at practices located in the Professional Office Building, a screening station will be established on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the central entrance on the south-facing side of the building.

The entrance, which will be clearly marked with temporary signage above the door and on ground level, will be open from 7:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.  

This entrance is for patients only.

Additional Offices Opening
Several of SUN Orthopaedics of Evangelical’s offices are scheduled to reopen in mid-June. Patients are slated to be seen at the Elysburg, Selinsgrove, and Williamsport locations beginning Monday, June 15.

As previously announced, Family Medicine of Evangelical – 98 Reitz Blvd, Lewisburg will open to patients on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, while Family Medicine of Evangelical – Middleburg will re-open on Monday, June 1.  

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May 21, 2020

Public Requests for Antibody Testing
A number of individuals have presented at the Alternative Testing Site seeking antibody testing. As this requires a blood draw, the public is asked to contact their primary care provider to secure an order for the testing. With a physician order in hand, individuals can then visit any of the Hospital’s outpatient lab sites to have their blood drawn and testing completed. The results will be communicated to the ordering physician.

Available outpatient lab sites can be found at evanhospital.com/about/locations. During this time, appointments are strongly encouraged by calling the main phone number of the lab location to help prevent an overwhelming number of people in the waiting areas of these locations.
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May 20, 2020

Alternative Test Site Hours
The Alternative Test Site, located behind McCann School of Business in Plaza 15, will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day.

As previously announced, the site is now closed on Saturdays and Sundays. It is open 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. 

Testing Results
(As of 12:45 pm)
Total tested – 1,185
Positive results – 125
Awaiting Results – 57
Deaths – 2

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May 18, 2020

Testing Results
(As of 11 am)
Total tested – 1,102
Positive results – 113
Awaiting Results – 55
Deaths – 2
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May 15, 2020

Primary Care Office opening
Following the organization's phased re-opening model, several primary care offices are slated to re-open to patients in the next several weeks.

Family Medicine of Evangelical offices at 3 Hospital Drive, Suite 214 (Professional Office Building), Lewisburg, and Northumberland will open Monday, May 18, 2020. The office at 98 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg, will open Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and the office in Middleburg will open Monday, June 1, 2020.

In an effort to maintain social distancing and to ensure proper screening, individuals looking to utilize Lab services at all of the Hospital's primary care offices will be asked to call the office in advance.

Testing Results
(As of noon)
Total tested – 1,034
Positive results – 108
Awaiting Results – 45
Deaths – 2

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May 14, 2020

Serology Testing Launch
With the PA Department of Health Emergency Use Authorization in hand, the Laboratory will begin in-house antibody testing on Friday, May 15, 2020. This testing isn’t used to diagnose COVID-19; instead, it’s used to determine if someone has previously been exposed to the disease and has developed antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the actual virus that causes COVID-19. 

Serology testing can give governing agencies, such as the CDC and DOH, the community-level immune response data they need to make informed decisions about social distancing, opening places of business, and the effectiveness of vaccines. 

The Hospital is currently evaluating how best to positively impact the health of the community and the organization with this new testing. More details will be shared when the plans are finalized.

Reminder: Alternative Collection Site
Anyone seeking COVID-19 testing is reminded that the alternate test site located behind the McCann School of Business in the Plaza 15 along Route 15 in Lewisburg is available and should be used. There is a large PennDOT road sign directing traffic at the entrance to the shopping center.

Currently, the site is open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

Those hours are subject to change. With other providers closing alternative collection sites, an increase in traffic has been coming to the test site at Plaza 15 and hours may have to be adjusted accordingly to meet demand. 

Testing Results
(As of 1:30 pm)
Total tested – 990
Positive results – 103
Awaiting Results – 47
Deaths – 2

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May 13, 2020

Working with Long-term Care Facilities
Surrounded by numerous long-term care facilities, the Hospital welcomes the responsibility of assisting these facilities in caring for their residents.

Today (Monday, May 13), Evangelical met with representatives from most of the area nursing homes to help them adhere to the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 testing recommendations for residents and employees.

Blood Drive Scheduled
The Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive from 10 am to 3 pm Thursday, May 21, 2020, at The Miller Center. Currently, appointments are still available between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

To make an appointment, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or call 1-800-733-2767.

Anyone supporting the blood drive is asked to use the main entrance to the center (the entrance facing the rear of the Giant store).

For information on Red Cross safety protocols related to COVID-19 and donations, visit:
https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus--covid-19--and-blood-donation.html

Testing Results
(As of 12:30 pm)
Total tested – 941
Positive results – 101
Awaiting Results – 31
Deaths – 2

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May 12, 2020

New Schedule for Alternative Collection Site
Due to low volumes over the weekends, the Hospital’s Alternative Collection Site, located behind McCann School of Business in the Plaza 15 Shopping Center, will now be open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. The site will be closed Saturday and Sunday. 

This change of schedule will go into effect this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, 2020). 

The staff at the collection site is now also handling the Hospital’s COVID-19 hotline. That service will mirror the same hours of operation—9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

Testing Results
(As of 1 pm)
Total tested – 913
Positive results – 97
Awaiting Results – 14
Deaths – 2
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May 11, 2020

Continued Opening
The Hospital is continuing to open practices and ramp up procedures. Today, surgical cases started at the Ambulatory Surgical Center and another operating room was opened at the Hospital.

In total, there are 22 surgical cases scheduled today.

Last week, the Endoscopy Center was opened and finished the week with 35 endoscopies completed. There are eight more scheduled there today along with seven at the EASC and eight more at the Hospital endoscopy suite.

In addition, Selinsgrove Imaging Center opened all modalities today.

Testing Results (As of 2 pm)
Total tested – 899
Positive results – 95
Awaiting Results – 12
Deaths – 2

Image from Today's COVID-19 Discharge Celebration
Thank you to everyone who was able to make today's celebration. The Hospital sent Bob Maurer home with his family after 32 days of care. Congratulations, Bob!

Bob Maurer

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May 8, 2020

Surgical Specialists Office Opening
The Surgical Specialists of Evangelical office at 25 Lystra Rogers Drive will open Monday, May 11, 2020. 

Providers from that office have been seeing General Surgery and Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) patients at the Center for Orthopaedics, 210 JPM Road, as part of the Hospital's effort to consolidate outpatient services. Audiology was closed as a service.

Audiology is now re-opening and all General Surgery, ENT, and Audiology patients will be seen at 25 Lystra Rogers Drive beginning Monday, May 11.  
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