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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.

Quick Links:

Links to Articles and Videos:

How do I get tested?
How can I help?

Social  Distancing 


Downloadable Fact Sheets:

Share the Facts About COVID19

Testing Fact Sh

eet (PA Department of Health)

Sick with COVID-19 (CDC)

What to Do if You Have Respiratory Symptoms 

When to Seek Care (PA Department of Health)

Handwashing Tips (PA Department of Health)

Handwashing Tips (CDC)


LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES

March 24, 2020

Conemaugh Health System is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We can confirm that we have identified a second patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We share this information because this patient is the first reported case in Somerset County. This patient was transferred to another facility for continuity of care.

We are continuing to work closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical teams at Conemaugh Memorial and Conemaugh Meyersdale who have been caring for this patient, and all those within our facility.

Our hospitals are prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round.

We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.

March 19, 2020

Conemaugh Health System continues to adapt to meet the clinical needs of our communities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and through this, we remain committed to providing high quality care and protecting the health and safety of our patients, employees, physicians and community at large. We have been working closely with the PA Department of Health and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An important element to our preparedness is conserving essential resources needed to care for patients with COVID-19, where possible, as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation and prepare for what the next few weeks may hold.

In accordance with recent guidance from CDC and HAP we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to reschedule elective and non-urgent cases for at least 30 days when deemed clinically appropriate. Patients whose appointments are being rescheduled are being notified, and procedures will be rescheduled as soon as feasible. We are continuing to schedule new cases at the discretion of the provider.

Importantly, rescheduling elective and non-urgent cases:

  • Conserves essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for our frontline staff members;
  • Conserves hospital and ICU beds, supplies and other resources; and
  • Ensures we will have all necessary personnel available to support our sickest patients.

The trust our community places in us is so important. We want to assure our community that it is safe to come to our hospital should you or a family member need care. Our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to safely respond to viruses and infectious diseases, including COVID-19. We have made the decision to reschedule elective and non-urgent procedures because it will help ensure we have the people and resources necessary to meet the needs of our patients in the coming weeks. We know that it is the right thing to do.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to do everything we can to prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19 on our community. For more information about hospital preparedness, please visit our website at Conemaugh.org/coronavirus. For more information about COVID-19, please contact the PA Department of Health at health.pa.gov or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

As a reminder, if you are concerned you are experiencing respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and plan to visit our hospital, your primary care provider or an urgent clinic, please call ahead before you go and let them know that you are experiencing symptoms that may possibly be related to COVID-19. This will allow providers to properly prepare for your visit and take the necessary precautions to keep others from being infected or exposed. If you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Room. If possible, notify the dispatch agent that your emergency involves symptoms possibly related to COVID-19.


Updated March 24, 2020

Media Statement Regarding Conemaugh Health System's Response to COVID-19

Conemaugh Health System is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We can confirm that we have identified a second patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We share this information because this patient is the first reported case in Somerset County. This patient was transferred to another facility for continuity of care.

We are continuing to work closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical teams at Conemaugh Memorial and Conemaugh Meyersdale who have been caring for this patient, and all those within our facility.

Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round.

We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.

Conemaugh has taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • Piloting telehealth services.
  • Rescheduling elective and non-urgent cases for at least 30 days, when deemed clinically appropirate.
  • Restrictions have been placed on visitors, visiting hours and entry points, and screening is in place at every entry. Please see the section on visitor guidelines. 
  • Each Conemaugh hospital has a COVID-19 task force and emergency command center in place.
  • At Conemaugh Memorial, an isolation unit has been designated for patients under evaluation for or with confirmed COVID-19. 
  • Volunteer programs have been suspended.
  • Public areas areas in the hospitals, such as gift shops or cafes, have been closed or modified to decrease contact points.
  • Prevention posters and screening alerts are posted prominently throughout our facilities. 
  • Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection, for example.
  • Sinks and hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout our facilities.
  • Hospital personnel are getting regular updates and participating in preparedness exercises.
  • Our website has been updated with information for the public.
  • Non-essential meetings and groups have been cancelled or rescheduled.

We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus. To help prevent the spread of this and other viruses in the community, remember to wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, and disinfect surfaces regularly. For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.


VISITOR GUIDELINES

Updated March 24, 2020

GENERAL HOSPITAL AND VISITOR GUIDELINES

Our hospital and office visitor guidelines have been updated. Signs have been placed in entryways and offices. Please read and follow these recommendations.

(Miners and Nason - effective 3/25/2020; Memorial and Meyersdale effective immediately.)

All Conemaugh inpatient facilities are adopting a zero-visitor policy. Until otherwise notified, everyone entering the facility should come through one of 2 entry points - the Main Entrance or the Emergency Department. All other entry points will be locked and will be badge access only.

  • Main Entrance: Open 5 AM to 5 PM (Memorial) 7 AM to 5 PM (Meyersdale)
  • Emergency Department: Open 24 hours for emergency care 

Exceptions:  End of life care, pediatrics (parents/guardians allowed), labor & delivery (signficant other allowed), and the Emergency Department (one assistive companion allowed).  

Outpatients may have one assistive companion. 

Screening Process: Upon entering the facility, everyone – including our employees, providers, contractors and volunteers – will be screened with questions regarding respiratory symptoms and travel history based on CDC recommendations. Visitors and patients will be screened at their point of entry into the facility. Based on this screening, individuals who don’t pass the screening will be asked to leave the facility and seek advice from their primary care physician. Visitors and patients who pass the screening will be provided with a wristband to signal they’ve been screened.