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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.

July 2, 2020

Alternative Testing Site Hours
The alternative testing site in Plaza 15 behind McCann School of Business continues to see high volumes of people seeking COVID-19 testing. As a result, the site will remain open Friday, July 3, 2020, during normal hours—9 am to 6 pm.

The site will be closed Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5, and will reopen Monday, July 6, at 9 am.

Testing Results
(As of 12:30 pm)
Total tested – 3,059
Positive results – 275
Awaiting Results – 288
Deaths – 2
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June 26, 2020

Changes in Visitation Policy
In an effort to balance the desire of loved ones to visit patients at Evangelical Community Hospital and maintain the safest environment possible, the Hospital will be adjusting its visitation policy.

Effective Monday, June 29, 2020, all non-COVID-19 inpatients will be permitted two designated support persons during their stay in the Hospital. Inpatient units include Acute Rehabilitation, Intensive Care, Step Down, Orthopaedics, and Surgical. 

The two designated support persons can only visit the patient one at a time. The support person not visiting with the patient must remain in the Donehower-Eisenhauer Lobby or outside the facility. 

All support persons will be issued “visitor” wristbands that must be displayed to staff each time they enter the facility. In addition, they must be screened daily. 

No visitors will be permitted for inpatients who are diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.

The visitation restrictions for the Emergency Department, end-of-life situations, The Family Place, outpatient testing/appointments, outpatient surgeries/procedures, and Pediatrics remain unchanged. Those restrictions are listed below.

Emergency Department

  • One designated, on-site support person may accompany the patient. 
  • Support person must remain in the patient’s room.
  • No visitors for patients who are suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19.
  • No visitors for patients presenting through the D door (decontamination room), until cleared from airborne precautions. 
  • Potential visitors will have to remain in their cars until cleared to come in.
  • For patients under the age of 18: one dedicated caregiver for the entire stay. 
  • Exceptions to the Emergency Department visitor restrictions may be made for patients who are nearing the end of life.

End-of-life Situations 

  • Two visitors at a time for a non-COVID patient. 
  • If more than two visitors wish to see the patient, the other visitors must wait outside in their vehicle or designated area and enter and exit the facility two at a time. 
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room unless asked to step outside by a care provider or staff member.   

The Family Place (Laboring Mother) 

  • One designated support person for the duration of the Hospital stay.

Outpatient testing/appointments (Lab, Imaging, PT, Physician and Clinic Practices [EMSO], includes Geisinger offices located in the Professional Office Building) 

  • One support person may accompany the patient.
  • Support person may be asked to wait in their vehicle or designated area, if physical distancing cannot be achieved in waiting or care areas.

Outpatient Surgeries/Procedures (includes Ambulatory Surgical Center, Endoscopy Center, One-Day Surgery)

  • One designated support person may accompany patient.
  • Support person may be asked to wait in their vehicle or designated area, if physical distancing cannot be achieved in waiting or care areas.

Pediatric Inpatients 

  • Up to two designated caregivers for the duration of the Hospital stay.
  • Support person(s) must remain in the patient’s room as much as possible.

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Primary and Specialty Practice Patient Information

In an effort to keep patients and staff at Evangelical Community Hospital’s system of primary and specialty care practices safe, a number of infection control protocols are in place. 

All patients and visitors are required to wear masks when arriving for appointments. If you don’t have a mask, the practice will provide one. 

All patients and visitors are screened with a series of questions and for temperature. 

Screening questions include:

  • Have you experienced a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • Have you been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19?

Visitation is still limited in Evangelical outpatient clinics. Patients can be accompanied by one support person. That person may be asked to wait in their vehicle or designated area, if appropriate physical distancing cannot be achieved in the waiting or care area.

Telemedicine is an option for some patients in some offices. Please contact your 
physician’s office for more information.

For a variety of patient resources and up-to-date information, please check evanhospital.com/virus
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For nationwide and global Coronavirus updates please check the CDC website regularly:

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Pennsylvania Department of Health Coronavirus updates:

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While COVID-19 is still in our community, Evangelical is among the safest places in healthcare today. We have instituted a number of enhanced infection control protocols to ensure you—as well as our providers and staff—are as safe as possible. You should feel confident in seeking your care with us.

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