Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Updates
Update April 3, 2020
Medical Supply Donations
Are you a local business that is able to help keep our health care providers
safe by donating masks or needed medical supplies?
Click here for more information.
Want to Help? Ways to Support Our Healthcare Providers
Our hospital employees have been working tirelessly to prepare, educate
and now treat the community for COVID-19. Many of you have reached out
to see how you can provide food to those providing care on our front lines.
To donate food to Butler Memorial Hospital employees,
To donate food to Clarion Hospital employees,
At this time we cannot accept any homemade food items or items that require
refrigeration. When you are donating snacks we ask that they be individually
This is an opportunity to assist the local restaurants as well. You can
order directly from one of several vendors who are open for delivery directly
to the hospital, or choose take out and deliver yourself. Thank you for
Coronavirus Response Fund
BHS is incurring significant costs as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please contact the BHS Foundation at
www.BHS-Foundation.org or call 724-284-4716 to make a donation to the Coronavirus Response Fund.
BHS emphasizes that if you are not feeling well, before visiting a doctor’s
office, urgent care or emergency department, call your primary care doctor
or BHS Care Center at 833-602-CARE (2273) for guidance.
BHS Coronavirus Important Information
COVID-19 Testing Locations
Butler Memorial Hospital and Clarion Hospital testing locations are open
and in operation. Please note that testing requires a physician order.
If you feel ill please call your primary care physician for further instruction.
If you do not have a primary care physician please call:
Butler Memorial Hospital: 833-602-CARE (2273)
Clarion Hospital: 814-226-1DOC (1362)
How to Access Medical Records
Butler Memorial Hospital is suspending walk-ins for Medical Records as
a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that staff are available
to facilitate your request for records by following the process below:
You may register to view your own records on the patient portal, My BMH
Health. If you are not currently registered to use the portal, you may
do so through the Butler Health System website by clicking
Butler Memorial Hospital patient entrances:
Effective immediately patient access to Butler Memorial Hospital is through
the Tower entrance only and between the hours of 5:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday
through Friday, and locked 5:00pm until 6:00am on
Saturdays and 5:00pm until 9:00am on
Sundays. All other entrances are closed (including the Brady Street entrance)
with the exception of the Emergency Department reserved for emergency
cases only. If you are not in an emergency health situation or critically
ill requiring the need of emergency care, please contact your physician
office for guidance and direction before reporting to the emergency department.
Clarion Hospital visitation policy and patient entrances:
The main entrance to the hospital will remain open to patients between
the hours of 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to Noon
on Saturday and closed on Sunday. If you need assistance with entry to
the hospital on Sunday, please report to the Emergency Department.
The Emergency Department is reserved for emergency cases only. If you are
not in an emergency health situation or critically ill requiring the need
of emergency care, please contact your physician office for guidance and
direction before reporting to the emergency department.
The Cancer Center entrance will remain open and is reserved for cancer
patients only as we work reduce exposure and protect this vulnerable population
March 25, 2020: BHS announces First Death
BHS announces first confirmed COVID-19 death at Butler Memorial Hospital.
March 23, 2020: A message from our President & CEO
A message from the President & CEO:
As expected, Butler Memorial Hospital has its first known COVID-19 inpatient.
Based on the experiences of other communities, we know that more patients,
inpatient and outpatient, will test positive. Be aware that the vast majority
of patients who test positive do not require hospitalization (80%). These
patients will self-quarantine at home. However, there will continue to
be some patients who require acute care and hospitalization.
Butler Health System continues in its commitment to serve our patients
- and this community - as well as any health system, anywhere.
My sincere thanks,
President & CEO
Butler Health System Visitation Restrictions
Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, for the safety of patients, health
care providers, and the community at large, please note the following
restricted visitation policy.
Minors and patients with disabilities may be accompanied by one (1) parent,
family member, or designee.
The following visitor
Because surgical patients require a driver, one (1) person may accompany
any patient having an outpatient surgical procedure. This person will
be directed into a specific waiting area in the hospital and may stay
until briefed by the surgeon after completion of the case.
No visitors will be permitted in the Emergency Department. If you are with
a patient seeking emergency care, the hospital will obtain your phone
number and call you when the patient’s Emergency Department visit
is complete. You may wait in a hospital parking lot or at an off-site
location of your choice. A parent or designee may remain with a minor
or a patient who is incapable of making their own decisions.
One (1) person may accompany a patient receiving outpatient care if that
person is necessary for the patient to be assisted and receive care safely.
Mothers having a baby may be accompanied by one (1) person.
END OF LIFE CARE
Visitors and clergy may be permitted.
Visitors meeting one of the above exceptions will be stopped at the hospital entrance, be screened for symptoms, be
given an identification badge, and be directed to the permitted area of
Butler Health System respectfully asks for your full cooperation. The COVID-19
pandemic is best handled through limiting exposure for everyone, and preventing
transmission of the disease. These restrictions are in place to protect
patients, hospital staff, and the community at large.
Elective or Non-Emergent Surgical Procedures
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, BHS has discontinued all elective and
non-emergent surgical procedures. Following the recommendation of the
United States Surgeon General, all procedures (surgery, cath lab, angiography,
endoscopy) scheduled at Butler Memorial Hospital, Clarion Hospital and
The Surgery Center at Benbrook are being evaluated by the physicians performing
the procedure to determine if they are non-emergent and may be postponed.
If your procedure is being postponed you will be contacted prior to the
date of your scheduled procedure. We will continue to monitor the developments
surrounding the impact of COVID-19 and will post additional updates on
Outpatient Testing Locations Temporariily Closed
Outpatient testing at all BHS locations:
In an effort to protect our patients and staff, if you are experiencing
symptoms of a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose/congestion,
or flu like symptoms and have outpatient testing scheduled please cancel
your testing and do not go to hospital or outpatient locations for walk
in testing (lab, x-ray). Contact the physician who ordered your test for
Some Outpatient Testing Locations will be Temporarily Closed as of Friday,
March 20, 2020. Please see below for details:
BHS Outpatient Services, Sarver. For x-ray, EKG and lab needs, visit
BHS Outpatient Services, Saxonburg, 101 Alwine Road, Saxonburg. Phone number 724-352-1313.
BHS Outpatient Services, East Brady. For x-ray, EKG and lab needs, visit
BHS Outpatient Services, Chicora, 160 Medical Center Road, Suite B, Chicora, PA 16025. Phone number 724-445-0043.
BHS Outpatient Services, Petrolia. For x-ray, EKG and lab needs, visit
BHS Outpatient Services, Chicora, 160 Medical Center Road, Suite B, Chicora, PA 16025. Phone number 724-445-0043.
BHS Outpatient Services, Brady Street. For x-ray, EKG and lab needs, visit
BHS Outpatient Services, Jefferson Street, 480 East Jefferson Street, Suite A, Butler, PA 16001. Phone number 724-284-4884.
BHS Outpatient Services, New Castle. For x-ray, EKG and lab needs, visit
BHS Outpatient Services, Enclave, 121 Enclave Drive, Suite C, New Castle, PA 16105. Phone number 724-202-7096.
What is a Coronavirus?
The novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China and
has spread throughout the world over the past few months. Coronaviruses
are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others
circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The 2019 novel
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness
in people and can spread from person to person.
What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus?
The virus causes flu-like symptoms, with fever, cough and shortness of
breath. At this point there is no effective treatment and no vaccine.
Symptoms appear on average 5 days after exposure (with a typical range
of 2-7 days from exposure). Early symptoms include fatigue, body aches,
feeling warm. The respiratory symptoms, cough and shortness of breath
may not appear until 8 days into the illness.
How can I protect myself?
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Use an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not
available. This is your best method of prevention.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell
phones, TV remotes and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, face, and mouth as much as possible.
- Practice ‘social distancing’ - stay 6 feet from anyone ill,
sneezing, or coughing.
- Non-essential travel is discouraged.
- Do not panic. Pay attention to CDC and PA Dept. of Health updates.
In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now.
How can the Coronavirus spread?
Human Coronaviruses spread just like the flu or cold
When should I see a doctor?
BHS would like to emphasize that the goal is not to SEE a doctor, but rather
to SPEAK with one by phone. If you have developed a fever, cough, shortness
of breath or flu-like symptoms and believe you may be infected with the
virus, you should call you primary care provider. Please stay home.
If you don’t feel well, please stay home. Please stay away from the
hospital (including the emergency department), urgent care, physician
office and workplace as much as possible. This prevents spread. Patients
who are very ill and needing acute care will be admitted to the hospital.
What if I don’t have a primary care doctor?
If you don’t have a primary care doctor, call the BHS Care Center
at 833-602-CARE (2273) for Butler Memorial Hospital and 814-226-1DOC (1362)
for Clarion Hospital.
What is Butler Health System doing to prepare for COVID-19?
Butler Health System has been keeping a close watch on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
outbreak since the end of 2019. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic
by the World Health Organization.
BHS and all its locations are taking steps to protect patients and caregivers,
and to prevent and slow potential transmission of the virus. We have assembled
a team that is keeping constant watch on the situation as it evolves.
Leading the team are John Love, MD, PhD, Infectious Disease Specialist,
and David Rottinghaus, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Medicine
Specialist. The best response includes common sense, reason, and a sensible,
In anticipation of COVID-19 spreading to our area, teams of leadership,
infection control and clinicians have prepared for several weeks. Patients
are asked screening questions, including travel history to outbreak countries
and states. All BHS sites are equipped with masks and have signage screening
for flu and COVID-like symptoms.
BHS follows the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
and Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).
Given the rapidly changing situation, we update communication daily, following
recommendations from CDC and the PA DOH.
When should I go to the emergency room?
Go to the emergency room if you feel severely ill and need immediate medical
care. Do NOT go to the emergency room just for testing. Call your PCP.
There is a central team monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and setting policy.
It includes regular local and statewide calls with other providers. Coordination
is happening at the federal, state and local levels.
Guidelines for screening and testing are constantly being refined. Guidance
from CDC changes almost daily.
This website will be updated when on site testing is available. To date,
the ability to test has been greatly restricted by authorities.
As of March 11, 2020:
Volunteers, candy stripers and job shadowing has been suspended until further notice.
Visitors to BMH’s Transitional Care Facility are being screened before
given entrance to the unit.
As of March 12, 2020:
Non-essential vendors and sales reps are suspended from visiting any BHS location.
BHS meetings have been moved to phone and video conference.
Any outside speakers or guest lectures to the community scheduled at a
hospital location have been canceled.
Student clinical rotations for student nurses and other allied health students
have been suspended.
BHS business travel is suspended.
Further guidance can be found at
PA DOH website
PA DOH number is 1-877-724-3258
The PA COVID-19 Warmline is
1-855-284-2494. This is a new state wide warmline for anyone feeling anxious related
to COVID worries. This is being operated through Butler County Center
for Community Resources but is available to anyone in PA.
All Major Pennsylvania Health Insurers Will Cover Coronavirus Testing
The White House:
Strategies to Keep your Workplace, Home, School, and Commercial Establishments Safe
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