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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

January 18, 2021

Day Kimball Healthcare Responds to Coronavirus
Day Kimball Healthcare is committed to bringing our community the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is responding to any cases in our area. Learn more > 

DKH has been following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CT Department of Public Health (DPH). As with any new infection, information and recommendations are changing frequently. For the latest information, read more on the CDC website and the DPH website.

Learn more about DKH's response to COVID-19:

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccine Phases, Eligibility and Timelines

Visitor Restrictions at Day Kimball

Returning to Care at Day Kimball

Symptoms, and Ways to Protect Yourself and Others

Donate PPE

COVID-19 Testing

Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) offers drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in Putnam for its patients who have a valid doctor's order. Testing is offered for both pediatric and adult patients. For important requirements for testing by DKH, click here > 

DKH Drive-Up Test Site
Location: Day Kimball Healthcare Center, 6 South Main Street, Putnam, CT | Get directions >
Hours: Monday - Friday, 2:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Patients without a doctor's order can get their tests done at other locations in the community that offer the service. Learn more >

COVID-19 Vaccines Have Arrived at DKH

Doses of the newly approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have arrived at Day Kimball Hospital distribution of the vaccination to our healthcare workers is underway. 

The vaccine is administered in two shots, and the first doses of vaccinations will be prioritized for frontline workers who provide direct patient care. Read more >

Vaccine Phases, Eligibility and Timelines

DKH understands many of you are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and we thank for supporting the COVID-19 vaccination effort that will help to protect our communities and eventually lift us out of the pandemic.

Vaccination in Connecticut is being done in phases and priority groups are based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices guidelines, Connecticut’s allocation subcommittee advice, and is ultimately the decision of Governor Ned Lamont. Learn more >

Through the month of January 2021, the priorityis on vaccinating people in Phase 1a, which are health care workers,long term care residents, and emergency medical services personnel. Phase 1b has recently opened up - for information for those eligible in phase 1b, click here >  

Please beaware that things change rapidly and all guidance is subject to change.

Day Kimball continues to work diligently with the CT Department of Public Health and has placed an order for COVID-19 vaccines for those in our community currently eligible in phase 1B of the state's vaccination program. As of January 18, DKH is still waiting to find out when it will receive these vaccines. We appreciate your patience, and as always, we will keep you informed as this situation continues to unfold.

Please be patient. These priority phases are necessary while vaccine isin short supply. As more supply becomes available, vaccination recommendationswill expand to include more groups. DKH appreciates everyone's patience and will keep you informed as this situation continues to unfold. 

There will be much more information to come in the weeksahead. 

Until you can be vaccinated, please continue tofollow all of the recommended strategies to reduce your risk of gettingCOVID-19. These include wearing a mask, watching your distance, washing yourhands, cleaning and disinfecting, and staying home when you are sick. Rememberthat people over the age of 65 have been advised to stay safe by staying home.

Don't Delay Your Care. It's Safe to Come to Day Kimball Healthcare.

If you have recently had to put off visits with your doctor, screenings, surgeries, exams, or other health appointments, now is the time to get caught up.

We understand you might be fearful about going to the doctor's office or hospital. That's why Day Kimball Healthcare has taken extra safety precautions to provide the care you need and help you return to care. Learn more >

General Public

DKH requests that you call your healthcare provider first for guidance if you believe you may have coronavirus. Especially if you are experiencing moderate-to-severe respiratory symptoms or if you have been in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus.  

Patients with Appointments

If you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing a fever, cough and shortness of breath, call the office BEFORE coming in. We are offering Telehealth services for many outpatient appointments. Learn more >

Safety First

For everyone's safety, we are screening all patients coming in for appointments for the coronavirus. You will be asked about symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, and if you've been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19. You'll also have your temperature checked. 

When arriving at our facilities you'll see signage directing you to STOP and to evaluate yourself; to stay outside and to call us if necessary. You will be asked to wear a mask and/or to return to your vehicle. You may also need to be evaluated OUTSIDE of our facilities in a protected area for your own safety and the safety of others. If you have any questions or concerns, call your healthcare provider.

Visitation Restrictions at Day Kimball Healthcare

To protect patients, visitors and staff, last year in March 2020, DKH announced the implementation of temporary visitation restrictions to curtail foot traffic at Day Kimball Hospital, and expanded temporary visitation protocols to its Day Kimball Medical Group (DKMG) and outpatient sites.

Day Kimball Hospital
Effective January 13, 2021, DKH is restricting visitors to all Hospital departments and waiting areas. The following visitation restrictions have been updated:

  • Unchanged: Obstetric inpatients will be allowed one designated accompanying adult person, age 18 during their stay. Read the full policy here >
  • Pediatric operating room or emergency department patients will be allowed only two designated (one is preferred) accompanying adults, age 18 and up during their stay.
  • Adult emergency department, Ambulatory Care Unit, or operating room patients may be allowed one accompanying adult (age 18 and up) on rare occasions at the discretion of the nurse manager or provider during their stay.
  • Hospice patients or Comfort Measures Only patients will be allowed visitors at the discretion of nursing leadership; one adult (age 18 and up) visitor at a time.
  • Patients with outpatient testing and procedures may be allowed one accompanying adult (age 18 and up) at the discretion of the technician or provider.
  • Hematology/Oncology patients may be allowed one accompanying adult (age 18 and up) on rare occasions at the discretion of the nurse manager or provider during their appointment.
  • Exceptions will also be considered for individuals with developmental, physical, mental and/or other disabilities.

In very limited circumstances, exceptions may be made to this visiting policy at the discretion of clinical staff. These temporary accompaniment restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. Read more >

Day Kimball Medical Group
All patients with an appointment at any Day Kimball Medical Group (DKMG) primary care or specialty care office may be accompanied by one adult only. Children under 18 may not accompany patients or family members to the DKMG office unless the child is the patient. Read more >

Ancillary Services at Outpatient Sites
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 patients with outpatient testing and procedures at outpatient sites will be allowed one designated accompanying adult person, age 18.

All accompanying persons, either at the Hospital or at any DKMG office will be screened for risk factors for COVID-19, and only permitted in the hospital or office if deemed low risk. If an accompanying person has risk factors, or shows symptoms of illness, an alternate person must be identified, as this person will not be allowed in the hospital or office. Exceptions to this visiting policy will be made in very limited circumstances at the discretion of DKH medical leadership. Exceptions will also be considered for individuals with developmental, physical, mental and/or other disabilities. 

Volunteer Services
All volunteer support services across the Day Kimball Healthcare system are suspended until further notice. Read more >

Symptoms

People who have been exposed may not exhibit symptoms for 2 to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:

Fever | Cough & chills | Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

If you’re experiencing moderate-to-severe respiratory symptoms and have traveled recently, call your healthcare provider immediately. People who are older or have existing medical conditions may be at higher risk of serious illness.

Protect Yourself

Although there is no vaccine available to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, you can take everyday precautions to reduce your risk of infection for this disease and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand gel
  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain physical distances of 6 feet or more
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you're sick

DKH Accepting PPE Donations

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused international shortages of critical personal protective equipment (PPE).

Day Kimball Healthcare is accepting donations. Click here to see the list of items and how you can donate >

Thank you for your generosity and offers to donate personal protective equipment (PPE). We are overwhelmed with gratitude.

Helpful Health Resources

Donate PPE to DKH
Coronavirus FAQs
Birthing Center Visitor Policy
Precautions for the Home | COVID-19
CDC website
DPH website
CT State Info Line| Dial 2-1-1

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