Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Community Update: December 1, 2021

We are beginning to see our COVID-19 patient volumes increase slightly again from what we were experiencing the first several weeks in November. Both Ripley and Franklin counties saw an increase in the COVID positivity rate. The Ripley Co. status remains 'ORANGE' with a COVID 7-day positivity rate of 11.3%. The Franklin Co. status has changed to 'RED' with a 17.61% positivity rate. Many of the Indianapolis and Cincinnati tertiary hospitals we refer to are also experiencing higher volumes.

Inpatient Care
We currently have 20 patients on our Med Surg floor, with one of those patients in our Special Care Unit. Eleven of our patients are COVID+ (positive) and all are not vaccinated. Our overall percentage of admitted patients since August 1, 2021 who were unvaccinated increased slightly to 87% (see chart below for more details).

ER
Our ER continues to experience higher than anticipated volumes with more than a 25% increase in patients seen in November of 2021 compared to November of 2020. Patient acuity also remains high with 140 admissions during November to our inpatient area.

Testing
Our COVID-19 testing volumes significantly increased toward the end of November, with 75 patients testing positive this past week, and an overall positivity rate of 28.8% (see chart below).

Vaccination
Children ages 5 and older are now able to get an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone ages 18 and older are also now recommended to receive a booster shot if it has been at least 6 months after completing the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series, or at least 2 months after completing the Johnson & Johnson vaccination.  Vaccine appointments can be scheduled Monday - Friday at the MMH Occupational Health and Wellness Center in Batesville by calling 812.932.5105. Vaccine appointments can also be made Monday – Friday at the Margaret Mary Health Center in Brookville by calling 765.647.5126. Walk-ins are also welcome in Brookville.

Who is Eligible to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Anyone age 5 and older may  now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Please note anyone younger than 18 must receive the Pfizer vaccine. Proof of age will be required at the time of vaccination.

Who is Eligible to Receive an Additional Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The current CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine booster are listed below.

If you received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna:

  • 65 years or older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or reside in certain settings (e.g. health care, schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters)
  • Age 18+ who may be at an increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19 due to their occupation, including first responders, education staff, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers and grocery store workers.

If you received Johnson & Johnson:

  • 18 years or older
  • When to get a booster: At least 2 months after your shot
  • Which booster to get: Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. To  better understand the differences between the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, click here.

Register For Your Vaccine

To register to receive your vaccination at Margaret Mary Health, please call 812.932.5105. Appointments are required.

To find additional vaccination sites near you, click here. Enter your zip code to search for the locations near you. The site's information will include which vaccine is likely available at the site. You can click 'Find Next Available Appointment' to get the earliest date and time. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at most vaccination sites.

Our Vaccine Distribution Location

The COVID-19 Vaccine is currently available at Margaret Mary's Occupational Health & Wellness Center.

MMH Occupational Health & Wellness Center
1051 State Road 229 | Batesville, IN 47006

Hours of Operation:
Monday - 7:30 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday - Friday - 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Preparing For Your Vaccine

To help you prepare for your vaccine, please keep the following tips in mind:

  • Bring a valid ID.
  • Wear clothes that allow easy access to the top part of your arm for injection.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Tell the vaccine provider if you are ill or have ever had a severe allergic reaction.
  • Following vaccination, please be aware you must wait onsite for 15 minutes to monitor for adverse reactions.

COVID-19 Testing

If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your Margaret Mary primary care provider for direction on the appropriate next steps for care and testing. If you are asymptomatic but still need to be tested whether due to known exposure, traveling or event attendance, please visit coronavirus.in.gov for the most up-to-date details on local testing sites.

Other Testing Options

Click here to view a list of additional locations available for COVID-19 testing. If you choose to use a testing site not affiliated with Margaret Mary, please be aware your healthcare provider may not receive your test results. Testing site details change frequently. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information about these sites, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website. Testing is also available through CVS Pharmacy.


Current Visitor Restrictions & Guidelines
As of 10.8.21

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

  • Patients & support person(s) will be screened by MMH personnel at entrances.
  • Patients and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times upon entry to all MMH facilities.
  • The MMH Café is closed to the public and limited to staff, patients and support people.

Cancer Center 

  • Patients may have two (2) support person(s) (16 years of age or older).

Emergency Department

  • ER patients patients may have two (2) family members/support people.

Hospital Inpatient Care

  • Med/Surg and Special Care unit patients (including COVID and non-COVID patients) may have two (2) visitors or support people (must be 16 or older).
  • Visitation is limited to one hour per day, per visitor and visitors must sign in at the Med/Surg clerk's desk on the second floor.
  • Visitation for COVID+ patients may be limited, and additional PPE required.

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  • Patients may have two (2) visitors or support people.
  • No visitors or support people under the age of 16 will be permitted.

Our Safety Precautions

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:

Mask

Masking of all patients and team members is required. Masks must fully cover the mouth and nose at all times.

Screening

All patients and team members are screening for illness upon entering any MMH facility.

Cleaning

We're extensively cleaning exam rooms and equipment between each patient.

Spray

We're routinely disinfecting common areas throughout the day.

Seating

We've established COVID and NON-COVID care zones to prevent cross contamination.

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.

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.

News & Video Updates


COVID-19 Booster Clinic Set for October 14

October 5, 2021

On Thursday, Oct. 14, Margaret Mary Health is offering a COVID-19 Booster Clinic from 8 AM to 2 PM at the Batesville City Street Department located at 514 John Street. This clinic is for existing patients of MMH. According to the CDC, the Pfizer booster shot is currently available to the following: Anyone 65 and […]

As COVID-19 Numbers Improve, Margaret Mary Health Lifts Some Visitor Restrictions

June 1, 2021

Effective immediately, Margaret Mary Health has lifted some visitor restrictions and will allow adults to visit inpatients and accompany outpatients and those seeking ER care. Updated visitor guidelines as of June 1 include: Med/Surg and Special Care unit patients, including COVID positive patients may have two (2) visitors (visitation for patients with COVID may be […]

MMH Set to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine at Occupational Health & Wellness Center Beginning in June

May 26, 2021

This week marks the last week MMH will administer the COVID-19 vaccine at the drive-thru clinic located at the Batesville Street Department garage. Beginning June 1, 2021, MMH will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only at the Occupational Health and Wellness Center located at 1051 State Route 229 in Batesville. Appointments will be […]

8.23.21 | COVID-19 is on the rise, both nationally and in our community. Listen to Interim CEO Liz Leising as she shares what’s happening inside the walls of MMH, as well as how effective the vaccine has been in fighting the new virus strain locally.

5.13.21 | We have so many reasons to celebrate at MMH this week. Not only is it National Hospital Week, but we also administered our 25,000th COVID-19 Vaccine dose!

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.