Updates from Evangelical Community Hospital
Mar 30, 2020 01:04PM
By Erica Shames
Elective Surgeries and Procedures
With the federal government’s announcement that restrictions will be continued through the end of April, Evangelical has cancelled all elective surgeries and procedures through the week of April 6, 2020. The Hospital will continue to make that decision week by week to best manage patient communication and maintain its ability to quickly re-activate operating rooms when that is permissible.
COVID-19 Test Results
As of 11 am Monday, March 30, 2020, Evangelical has the following to report: 194 tested; 101 test results received; 6 positive results; and 1 death.
Please note: No further information on the positive test results and death will be provided. This includes age, gender, place of residence, or any other potentially identifying information. For the latest statistics please refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.
COVID-19 test results are slow in returning. Some patients are reporting waits of a week or more for their tests results. This is prompting a high volume of phone calls to the Emergency Department and Telecommunications as anxious community members look for more information.
At this time, there’s nothing further the Hospital can do to speed the process. All test results are being communicated to the ordering physician. Patients should be directed to contact the office of the physician who ordered their test. That office will be the first to be notified of the results.
Anyone who would like to donate food to Evangelical staff on duty is asked to call 570-522-4056 to arrange delivery.
To provide the community with another resource Evangelical is launching a COVID-19 hotline at 8 am Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Community members with health and wellness questions related to COVID-19 or Hospital operation questions should be directed to call 570-522-4530. The phones will be open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
The hotline will be staffed by licensed staff who can help guide community members to the appropriate care. The staff will also have access to operational updates to answer questions related to those issues.