Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Updates
Update May 27, 2020
BHS Reopening Guidelines
Taking care of your health matters now more than ever. The Reopening Steering
Committee has recommended that BHS resume outpatient visits, admissions,
surgeries and procedures. Our doctors will work with you to decide which
appointments, screenings and surgeries you should schedule now, for all
of your health care needs. Following guidelines from professional organizations
and PA DOH guidelines, the Committee has established specific criteria
pertaining to COVID-19 testing, PPE availability, patient risk stratification
and acute care capacity. The Committee will monitor activity on an ongoing
basis. It is prepared to further expand services - or dial them back -
based on COVID-19 activity over the next few weeks.
Virtual Vists and Telehealth Visits
BHS offers virtual visits and telehealth visits with primary care providers,
specialists and urgent care which allow you to have appointments from
the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
Inspiring Patient Story
Butler Memorial Hospital celebrates with Mrs. Karen Rich, the first COVID-19
ICU ventilator patient, as she leaves the hospital to return home to her
family. “I praise God for answering so many prayers and thank the
entire BHS medical team for saving my life,” says Mrs. Rich. Watch
her celebration as she leaves the hospital.
BHS Coronavirus Important Information
What is the cost for Coronavirus testing?
The charge for Coronavirus testing is $391 and is billable to your health
insurance. If you do not have health insurance the cost is $105.57. Financial
assistance is available click
here to learn more.
What do you do if you're feeling anxious or depressed?
BHS Family Services Outpatient Mental Health is open and welcoming new
patients! We are a resource for those in the community experiencing depression
and anxiety symptoms as well as any other psychosocial issue in the context
Evaluation and treatment for:
- Mental Health disorders
- Psychosocial issues
- Relationship and Parenting issues
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Individual, marital, family and group Therapy
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Medication Management
A phone or virtual visit can be scheduled by calling
The PA COVID-19 Warmline is another resource offered. 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. The Warmline can be reached by calling
What to do if you are not feeling well
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.
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
Hospital Patient Entrances
Butler Memorial Hospital patient entrances:
Effective immediately patient access to Butler Memorial Hospital is through
the Tower entrance only and between the following hours:
- Monday through Friday: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturdays: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sundays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 following hours:
- Monday through Friday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturdays: 7:00 am - Noon
- Sundays: Closed
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
Butler Health System Visitation Restrictions
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 may be permitted at the discretion of hospital staff.
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
the hospital. All visitors are required to wear a mask.
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.
Outpatient Testing Locations Temporarily Closed
Outpatient testing at all BHS locations:
If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath,
runny nose/congestion, or flu-like symptoms and have outpatient testing
scheduled, please cancel your testing and contact the physician who ordered
your test for further direction. Do not go to hospital or outpatient locations
for walk in testing (lab, x-ray).
All patients are required to wear a mask.
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, 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.
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.
Further guidance can be found at
PA DOH website
PA DOH number is 1-877-724-3258
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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