Clarion Hospital is testing for Coronavirus Disease COVID-19. You must have order from your primary care physician to be tested.
Symptoms for the coronavirus include a fever of over 100.4 as well as lower respiratory distress such as a cough or shortness of breath that has developed over the course of less than a week.
For a guide to coronavirus symptoms and guide lines to stay safe, visit the Clarion Hospital Website at www.clarionhospital.org.
Updated March 17, 2020
Butler Health System testing locations now operational:
Butler Memorial Hospital and Clarion Hospital testing locations are open and in operation. Please note that testing requires a physician order. If you feel ill please call your primary care physician for further instruction. If you do not have a primary care physician please call:
Butler Memorial Hospital: 833-602-CARE (2273)
Clarion Hospital: 814-226-1DOC (1362)
Butler Memorial Hospital patient entrances:
Effective Immediately patient access to Butler Memorial Hospital is through the Tower entrance only and between the hours of 5:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the weekend. All other entrances are closed (including the Brady Street entrance) with the exception of the Emergency Department reserved for emergency cases only. If you are not in an emergency health situation or critically ill requiring the need of emergency care, please contact your physician office for guidance and direction before reporting to the emergency department.
Clarion Hospital visitation policy and patient entrances:
Effective March 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm Clarion Hospital visitation restriction policy will go into effect. Please follow the restricted visitation guidelines provided below.
All patient entrances with the exception of those noted in the update are closed.
The main entrance to the hospital will remain open to patients between the hours of 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
The Emergency Department is reserved for emergency cases only. If you are not in an emergency health situation or critically ill requiring the need of emergency care, please contact your physician office for guidance and direction before reporting to the emergency department.
The Cancer Center entrance will remain open and is reserved for cancer patients only as we work reduce exposure and protect this vulnerable population of patients.
Outpatient testing at all BHS locations:
In an effort to protect our patients and staff, if you are experiencing symptoms of a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose/congestion, or flu like symptoms and have outpatient testing scheduled please cancel your testing and do not go to hospital or outpatient locations for walk in testing (lab, x-ray). Contact the physician who ordered your test for further direction.
Elective or non-emergent surgical procedures:
Effective immediately, following the recommendation of the United States Surgeon General, all procedures (surgery, cath lab, angiography, endoscopy) scheduled at Butler Memorial Hospital, Clarion Hospital and The Surgery Center at Benbrook during the next two weeks are being evaluated with the physicians performing the procedure to determine if they are non-emergent and may be postponed. If your procedure is being postponed you will be contacted prior to the date of your scheduled procedure. We will continue to monitor the developments surrounding the impact of COVID-19 and will post additional updates on this website.
Butler Health System Visitation Restrictions
Effective immediately, for the safety of patients, health care providers, and the community at large, please note the following restricted visitation policy.
While there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Butler or Clarion Counties, there are confirmed cases in Washington and Allegheny County. BHS acting in the interest of patient safety is moving forward immediately to a no-visitation policy for Butler Memorial Hospital and Clarion Hospital.
Minors and patients with disabilities may be accompanied by one (1) parent, family member, or designee.
The following visitor exceptions apply:
Because surgical patients require a driver, one (1) person may accompany any patient having an outpatient surgical procedure. This person will be directed into a specific waiting area in the hospital and may stay until briefed by the surgeon after completion of the case.
No visitors will be permitted in the Emergency Department. If you are with a patient seeking emergency care, the hospital will obtain your phone number and call you when the patient’s Emergency Department visit is complete. You may wait in a hospital parking lot or at an off-site location of your choice. A parent or designee may remain with a minor or a patient who is incapable of making their own decisions.
One (1) person may accompany a patient receiving outpatient care if that person is necessary for the patient to be assisted and receive care safely.
Mothers having a baby may be accompanied by one (1) person.
END OF LIFE CARE
Visitors and clergy may be permitted.
Visitors meeting one of the above exceptions will be stopped at the hospital entrance, be screened for symptoms, be given an identification badge, and be directed to the permitted area of the hospital.
Butler Health System respectfully asks for your full cooperation. The COVID-19 pandemic is best handled through limiting exposure for everyone, and preventing transmission of the disease. These restrictions are in place to protect patients, hospital staff, and the community at large.
*These restrictions will be put into place immediately if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 anywhere in Butler County or the surrounding area.
What is Coronavirus?
The novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China and has spread throughout the world over the past few months. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person.
What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus?
The virus causes flu-like symptoms, with fever, cough and shortness of breath. At this point there is no effective treatment and no vaccine. Symptoms appear on average 5 days after exposure (with a typical range of 2-7 days from exposure). Early symptoms include fatigue, body aches, feeling warm. The respiratory symptoms, cough and shortness of breath may not appear until 8 days into the illness.
How can I protect myself?
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is your best method of prevention.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, TV remotes and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, face, and mouth as much as possible.
- Practice ‘social distancing’ – stay 6 feet from anyone ill, sneezing, or coughing.
- Non-essential travel is discouraged.
- Do not panic. Pay attention to CDC and PA Dept. of Health updates.
- In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. https://www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/EmergencyPreparednessGuide/Pages/default.aspx
How can the Coronavirus spread?
Human Coronaviruses spread just like the flu or cold
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing.
- Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands.
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it.
When should I see a doctor?
BHS would like to emphasize that the goal is not to SEE a doctor, but rather to SPEAK with one by phone. If you have developed a fever, cough, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms and believe you may be infected with the virus, you should call you primary care provider. Please stay home.
If you don’t feel well, please stay home. Please stay away from the hospital (including the emergency department), urgent care, physician office and workplace as much as possible. This prevents spread. Patients who are very ill and needing acute care will be admitted to the hospital.
What if I don’t have a primary care doctor?
If you don’t have a primary care doctor, call the BHS Care Center at 833-602-CARE (2273) for Butler Memorial Hospital and 814-226-1DOC (1362) for Clarion Hospital.
When should I go to the emergency room?
Go to the emergency room if you feel severely ill and need immediate medical care. Do NOT go to the emergency room just for testing. Call your PCP.
What is Butler Health System doing to prepare for COVID-19?
Butler Health System has been keeping a close watch on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak since the end of 2019. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at BHS hospitals (Butler Memorial Hospital or Clarion Hospital), however it is almost certain there will be. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
BHS and all its locations are taking steps to protect patients and caregivers, and to prevent and slow potential transmission of the virus. We have assembled a team that is keeping constant watch on the situation as it evolves. Leading the team are John Love, MD, PhD, Infectious Disease Specialist, and David Rottinghaus, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Medicine Specialist. The best response includes common sense, reason, and a sensible, evidence-based approach.
In anticipation of COVID-19 spreading to our area, teams of leadership, infection control and clinicians have prepared for several weeks. Patients are asked screening questions, including travel history to outbreak countries and states. All BHS sites are equipped with masks and have signage screening for flu and COVID-like symptoms. BHS follows the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Given the rapidly changing situation, we update communication daily, following recommendations from CDC and the PA DOH.
- There is a central team monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and setting policy. It includes regular local and statewide calls with other providers. Coordination is happening at the federal, state and local levels.
- Guidelines for screening and testing are constantly being refined. Guidance from CDC changes almost daily.
- This website will be updated when on site testing is available. To date, the ability to test has been greatly restricted by authorities.
- As of March 11, 2020:
- Volunteers, candy stripers and job shadowing has been suspended until further notice.
- Visitors to BMH’s Transitional Care Facility are being screened before given entrance to the unit.
- As of March 12, 2020:
- Non-essential vendors and sales reps are suspended from visiting any BHS location.
- BHS meetings have been moved to phone and video conference.
- Any outside speakers or guest lectures to the community scheduled at a hospital location have been canceled.
- Student clinical rotations for student nurses and other allied health students have been suspended.
- BHS business travel is suspended.