Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Margaret Mary is prepared and ready to test patients who meet the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Indiana State Department of Health. We will be using the ISDH testing algorithm to determine when testing is necessary. If you are symptomatic and suspect you may have COVID-19 and need assistance determining if you should seek care, please call your primary care provider.

About COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China. The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Symptoms of COVID-19

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Symptoms may develop within 14 DAYS OF EXPOSURE. Only DESIGNATED LAB TESTS can diagnose the virus. In rare cases, COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.

Call Before You Come to MMH

If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and feel you need to be seen by a physician, please CALL the office or location IN ADVANCE.

If you believe you may have COVID-19, please consider using IU Health's free virtual clinic for screening of your symptoms. The link can be found here.

If immediate emergency care is needed, call 911 and tell the dispatcher you may have COVID-19.

Current Visitor Restrictions & Guidelines

For the protection and safety of our patients, team members and the community, we will continue to limit visitors and closely adhere to the below guidelines until further notice.

  • Patients & visitors will be screened by MMH personnel at entrances and must pass the screening criteria before being allowed into the facility.
  • Patients and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times upon entry to all MMH facilities (special exceptions may be made on an individual basis for those with health or disability issues).
  • No visitors under the age of 16 will be permitted (including the children of OB patients).
  • The MMH Cafe is closed to the public and limited to staff, patients and visitors of patients.

Visitors for Emergency Department & Hospitalized Patients

  • ER patients and admitted patients may have one (1) family member/support person.
  • Pediatric patients (under the age of 18) may have two (2) family members/support people.
  • Patients are allowed one (1) designated, consistent visitor per day.
  • Visitation hours are 9 AM to 7 PM.
  • Potential visitors should review CDC and state health department guidelines if visiting a patient with advanced age and chronic medical conditions and avoid visiting the hospital if these apply.

Visitors for Emergency Department & Hospitalized Patients (Continued)

  • Visitors are not permitted for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and patients in airborne isolation or enhanced droplet isolation.
  • Exceptions may be made for end-of-life situations or in special circumstances. Please check with hospital staff.

Visitors for Outpatient Procedures & Physician Offices

  • Patients who will be undergoing anesthesia or sedation are permitted to bring one (1) support person in the facility to wait for them.
  • There are times when it's appropriate for patients to have a family member/support person present at other healthcare appointments. In these instances, one (1) person may accompany a patient.
  • One (1) visitor may accompany a patient who needs assistance due to ambulation (wheelchair, cane, etc.) or cognitive impairments.
  • In all other situations, visitors providing transportation should remain in their vehicle.

Visitors who do not follow these guidelines may be asked to leave the facility.

For Your Protection

We want to reassure the community the health, well-being and safety of every patient, visitor and team member is our highest priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, MMH is adhering to the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and taking the following safety precautions to protect all patients and staff:

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When appropriate, our staff is also taking the following precautions:

  • Sending text notifications for patients waiting in vehicles to come directly in for appointment with no wait.
  • Scheduling telehealth follow-up visits.
  • Completing patient pre-registration over the phone from home.
  • Registering patients over the phone from their vehicles.

News & Video Updates

COVID-19 Testing Update

July 22, 2020

The number of individuals in our community seeking COVID-19 testing has been on the rise the last several weeks. As a reminder, there is a testing location set-up at the Ripley County Fairgrounds available Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM. This is an ideal option for those whose employer is requesting them to […]

Visitor Restriction Updates

June 8, 2020

Effective Monday, June 8, 2020, Margaret Mary Health is updating its current visitation policy to accommodate patients and prevent the spread of COVID-19. “We will continue to limit visitors within all of our facilities and closely adhere to the safety guidelines we have put in place to keep patients, team members and providers safe. However, […]

MMH Begins Reopening Services and Announces Upcoming Closure of Acute Care Extension Site

April 24, 2020

This week, Governor Eric Holcomb provided guidance that healthcare facilities can begin reopening services. After careful review of Margaret Mary’s current volume of COVID-19 patients and analysis of our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), we feel it is safe for our patients and staff to begin reopening several of our temporarily suspended services. As […]

MMH offers Financial Options for Those with COVID-19 Income Loss

April 20, 2020

For patients who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Margaret Mary Health is offering modified payment plans and support to help. Those who are temporarily unemployed may qualify for significantly reduced payment plans for up to 90 days. Additionally, those who have been permanently laid off may now qualify for financial assistance. […]

Margaret Mary Health Announces In-House COVID-19 Testing

April 16, 2020

On Monday, April 13, Margaret Mary Health began in-house COVID-19 testing. The testing is performed on the same analyzer as our Flu A/B and Strep A testing and will allow for results within a matter of hours instead of days. All laboratories in the US are on limited allotments for COVID-19 testing. Due to these […]

8.7.20 | You’ve probably heard conflicting information about the numbers surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen as Chief Nursing Officer Liz Leising provides an update on what we’re seeing at Margaret Mary Health.

6.30.20 | Dr. Lovett, MMH Emergency Services physician, is back with an update on what we're seeing in our facilities and how you can keep yourself safe as states are reopening.

Keeping Yourself Safe

COVID-19 is usually spread from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. The virus can also be spread through airborne transmission, when tiny droplets remain in the air even after the ill person leaves the area. The best way to protect yourself is to follow the tips below.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.

Learn More About Coronavirus Disease 2019

We are working closely with our state and local healthcare providers to identify, care for (if needed), monitor and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community.