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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 6, 2020

Day Kimball Healthcare Responds to Coronavirus

The spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted concern about the risk of transmission in our community. DKH continues to monitor the situation and is ready to respond to any cases in our area. Read the press release now >

DKH has been in constant communication with our federal, state and local health partners, as well as our community partner, Yale New Haven Health (YNHH). We have 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.

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.

General Public

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

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 now 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 recent travel and symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

When arriving at our facilities you'll see signage directing you to STOP and to evaluate yourself; to stay outside and to call your provider if necessary. You may 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

Effective Tuesday, March 31, the Main Entrance at Day Kimball Hospital (Entrance A at the back of the hospital) will be accessible only to DKH employees with badges until further notice. Patients and visitors coming to the hospital will need to enter through the Emergency Department to access the hospital. Read the press release now >

Additionally, to protect patients, visitors and staff, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Day Kimball Healthcare has implemented visitation restrictions as follows:

Day Kimball Hospital
The Hospital will not allow visitors for adult inpatients until further notice.  During this time the following exceptions will be observed:

  • Obstetric inpatients will be allowed one designated accompanying adult person, age 18 during their stay. Read the full policy here >
  • Pediatric operating room patients will be allowed only two designated accompanying adults, age 18 during their stay.
  • Adult operating room patients will be allowed only one accompanying adult, age 18 during their stay.
  • Emergency Department patients will be allowed one designated accompanying adult, age 18 . 
  • Hospice patients will be allowed visitors at the discretion of nursing leadership.
  • Patients with outpatient testing and procedures will be allowed one accompanying adult, age 18 .

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.

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

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
  • 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

Press Release: Day Kimball Healthcare Launches Telehealth Services
Press Release: Day Kimball Hospital Establishes Triage Tent Outside Emergency Department for Patient Safety
Press Release: Day Kimball Healthcare Responds to Coronavirus
Press Release: Day Kimball Heathcare at Home Responds to Coronavirus
Press Release: Temporary Visitation Restrictions at Day Kimball Hospital
Press Release: Expanded Visitation Restrictions | DKMG & Volunteer Services
Press Release: Day Kimball Hospital Limits Patient Entrances
Donate PPE to DKH
Coronavirus FAQs
Birthing Center Visitor Policy
Precautions for the Home | COVID-19
CDC website
DPH website
YNHH COVID-19 Call Center | (203) 688-1700 | Toll-Free: (833) 484-1200
CT State Info Line| Dial 2-1-1

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