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COVID-19/Coronavirus Information

We want to ensure you that our patients, their families, and our staff remain our top priority. Below you will find helpful information and resources regarding our response to COVID-19.

We continue to accept referrals and provide an extra layer of support to anyone who chooses palliative care, to make a referral click here.

What you need to know

At Pallitus Health Partners, protecting our patients, families and staff is our top priority. While our staff is highly trained in infection control measures and follow best practices in the day-to-day delivery of care, we want to assure you that we take coronavirus very seriously. We are implementing additional prevention and treatment protocols as advised by Centers for Disease Control and local health departments.

Kentucky Department of Public Health information 

Indiana State Department of Health information 

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new type of virus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, and now has been documented around the world, including in the United States. Cases have been reported in both Kentucky and Indiana.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Patients with COVID-19 may show mild to severe respiratory symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have recently traveled to an affected area or may have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and experience any of these symptoms, report them to your primary care doctor right away.

How can I get coronavirus?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, especially between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).  Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or inhaled into the lungs. Studies have shown that COVID-19 may also be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Is there a vaccine?

Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended in the United States to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson.

CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. To learn about how the vaccines work, click here.

How can I help protect myself?

– Only essential caregiver/s should be present during visits with the patient and try to help support physical distance with the

Pallitus Health staff person. Other household members should stay in another part of the house.

-Wear a mask, bandanna, or other cloth to cover your nose and mouth during our visits.

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing,
or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

– Cough and sneeze into a tissue or inner elbow and wash your hands immediately after.

– Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

– Avoid contact with people who have fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

– Separate yourself as much as possible from others in your home.

– Avoid sharing personal household items with family members.

– Keep ‘high-touch’ surfaces such as bathroom sinks, toilets, kitchen counters, doorknobs and phones/computers clean, and
disinfect at least daily or more if needed. When touching objects that have not been recently disinfected, wash hands frequently.

– If you or a family member has traveled in the past few weeks, please make your RN or other Care Team member aware.

What should I do if I get sick?

– Stay home, except to seek medical attention.

– Call ahead to your provider to report your symptoms, then follow their instructions on how to get treatment.

– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough into your elbow, not your hand.

– Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones to prevent further spread of the illness.

– Separate yourself as much as possible from others in your home.

– Avoid sharing personal household items with family members.

– Seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen.

How is coronavirus treated?

Because COVID-19 is a virus like the flu and the common cold, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. People with COVID-19 can get medical care to help relieve their symptoms.

There are approved treatments (Regeneron) available for those with co-morbid conditions who contract covid and are a high-risk for serious illness.  Please reach out to your physician for additional information.

Should I still get my flu vaccine?

Yes. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.

To learn more about the flu vaccine, prevention, and symptoms visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ 

To learn about the flu and its relationship to COVID-19, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm#Flu-and-COVID-19

What if my family member has a visit coming up with Pallitus Health and is COVID positive?

If the patient is COVID positive we will provide them with a surgical mask to wear during our visit, unless it is contraindicated for his/her condition, and we ask others present for the visit to wear a cloth mask covering their nose and mouth. We ask family members who are COVID positive to not be present in the room during the visit. If the family member must be present, we ask them to wear a mask and maintain physical distance.

Additional Preventative Measures

In addition to following the guidelines recommended by the CDC and local boards of health, Pallitus Health is taking further steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff and those in our care.

Buildings and staff:
  • Frequent disinfecting of common surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, microwave handle, etc. at all our facilities
  • Holding regular in-person clinical team meetings via teleconference
  • Requiring employees with any possible symptoms to take sick days
  • Daily screening of all employees for symptoms and exposure to coronavirus
  • Requiring managers and support staff to work from home
  • Pallitus has made the COVID-19 vaccine a condition of employment for all employees effective September 15, 2021.
Patient Care
  • Using telehealth for consultative and non-emergency visits
  • Monitoring of our supply chains to ensure we have adequate medical equipment and supplies for our care providers and patients, including gloves, gowns, eye protection and respirator masks

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