TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Late Thursday afternoon, March 19, Union Health officials received notice of the first patient to test positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. …
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Late Thursday afternoon, March 19, Union Health officials received notice of the first patient to test positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. The appropriate department and staff members that provided services to this patient have been notified. In addition, the Vigo County Health Department, Joint Information Center (JIC) and Indiana State Department of Health have also been notified, according to hospital protocol and in order to allow proper tracking of COVID-19 cases.
“Union Health System has been closely monitoring the wave of Coronavirus heading toward our community for the past several weeks,” said Jackie Holder, medical director of Union Medical Group. “Union has been using this time to prepare for the inevitable first positive case in our health system, which occurred today. We want to reassure the public that we are ready to answer your questions and direct you to the care that you need, when you need it.”
Holder added Union’s top priority is the health and safety of patients, team members and communities. Union Health maintains highly-trained infection control teams and implements routine safety and emergency preparedness training protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Union Health will continue to follow ongoing preparedness and best practices due to the risks of COVID-19 and its extremely fluid nature.
Public education will also continue as it becomes available throughout the region.
“I would encourage our employees and community not to panic,” said John Bolinger, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Union Health. “Keep in mind that the experience with this virus, thus far, has shown that 81 percent of the cases of COVID-19 have been classified as mild illness with complete recovery expected. Only 5 percent of these cases have been classified as critical illness. Up-to-date reports have indicated no deaths were reported in the non-critical cases.”
Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or simply have related health assessment questions, may call the Union Health hotline at 812-238-4871 for live feedback.