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COVID19 patient stable at Gary Methodist Hospital

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Methodist Hospitals is confirming that its Southlake Campus is treating its first patient who tested positive for the virus COVID-19.

“The patient presented at the Emergency Department,” according to a statement released shortly before deadline today. “All precautions were in place, the patient was assessed and placed in isolation, and is now in stable condition.”

“Methodist Hospitals places the safety and wellbeing of its patients, providers and employees at the center of everything we do,” the statement added. “We follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and are in active communication with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to ensure our readiness with the latest information on this rapidly evolving situation. We have taken steps to ensure an adequate inventory of personal protective equipment and operating supplies, as well as cleaning and disinfectant products with efficacy against coronaviruses. We have instituted detailed processes and procedures for screening patients for recent travel histories and symptoms, as well as for the transport, testing, housing and treatment of any individuals who may present with COVID-19 symptoms. Our Emergency Management Team is also collaborating with other hospitals, local governments, and ISDH to coordinate responses. We are fully prepared to identify and treat COVID-19 patients while keeping providers, staff and other patients safe.”



Posted 3/17/2020




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