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HNJH Implements Triage Process for COVID-19 Screening

Newberry, MI — March 19, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads across Michigan, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is implementing a triage process for high-risk COVID-19 screening. Starting tomorrow, March 20th, community members will notice a tent on the ambulance bay side of the clinic building with parking spots along the curb blocked off. The tent will ONLY be used by those who have been instructed by HNJH staff to enter for further evaluation. 

Patients will be able to stay in their vehicles under the tent to eliminate exposure inside the facility. During the evaluation, if COVID-19 testing is needed, patients will receive a recommendation and instructions to self-quarantine for 14-days or until negative test results come in.

Self-quarantine includes:

•Using standard hygiene practices and washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time

•Not sharing things like towels and/or utensils

•Staying home. No shopping or errands 

•Not having visitors

•Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household

Reminder if you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath), please call the HNJH COVID-19 Hotline at 293.9288 before coming into the healthcare center. Please see the most current COVID-19 Screening Prevention Questionnaire that is attached. With information rapidly changing, the latest information about the coronavirus is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

COVID-19 Screening Prevention Questionnaire