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COVID-19 Resources

Opelousas General Health System continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closely to ensure our community's preparedness. Please know we are committed to caring for our patients and ensuring we respond to the healthcare needs of our community. Stay tuned to our informational page for the latest visitor information and ongoing updates.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE SICK

If you develop fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, Call your primary care doctor. If you don’t have one, please call Opelousas General Health System at (337) 948-3011.

CALL CENTER & DRIVE THRU TESTING

Opelousas General Health System is now providing a call center for answering COVID-19 questions. Callers can also be screened through this call center for possible testing via our drive-thru testing area. Testing will be conducted by appointment only through our call center to abide by our social distancing policy.

Please call to determine if you meet criteria for testing. Only those who have been screened and scheduled are allowed to come to the screening station. We ask that you please have your Government Issued Identification & Insurance Information with you upon arrival. Call 1-337-678-4705.

VISITOR INFORMATION

To ensure a safe environment for our patients and staff, we have adopted a no-visitor policy.

  • Implementation of this policy is for all patients in the hospital unless the patient requires the assistance of an essential guest.
  • Everyone entering the facility will be screened prior to entrance.
  • Please note that only one entrance is open at each facility.

COVID-19 CONVALESCENT PLASMA DONATIONS

Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can be used to help treat critically ill patients. If you have had a documented diagnosis of COVID-19 by a molecular PCR test and are now recovered and asymptomatic, please call 337 943-7180 to find out if you qualify as a donor. To learn more, visit http://www.lifeshare.org/faqs

SUPPORT OGHS

The American Hospital Association has launched a "Protect the Heroes" campaign which allows the general public to make direct impact donations to America's hospitals/health systems. Every dollar raised from Protect the Heroes goes directly to the donor’s choice of local hospital to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and other support for their local healthcare workers to fight COVID-19.

Visit www.protecttheheroes.org to be connected to a local hospital and contribute to hospital emergency relief funds. Each hospital will determine where funds should be applied.

RESOURCES

Children's Resources:

CDC Resources:

Community Resources:

As our community transitions to Phase 1 of Reopening, it is important to follow any and all guidelines established, including wearing masks in public settings. In an effort to ensure masks continue to be available to healthcare workers, we must make all efforts to conserve our supply. Please follow the guidelines below for mask use and re-use.

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY

Infection Prevention Guidance on Mask Use and Re-Use

To Remove Facemask with intent to reuse

  1. Perform hand hygiene
  2. Remove mask
    1. Remove an ear loop style mask by holding the ear loops. The front is contaminated, so remove slowly and carefully.
    2. Remove a tie style mask by untying lower ties FIRST. Untie upper ties last. The front is contaminated, so remove slowly and carefully. Ensure ties do not fall into clean interior side of mask.
  3. After removing facemask, visually inspect for contamination, distortion in shape/form. If soiled, torn, or saturated the mask should be discarded.
  4. If the facemask is NOT visibly soiled, torn, or saturated, carefully store on a paper towel exterior side of mask down.
  5. Perform hand hygiene.

To Re-Don Mask

  1. Perform hand hygiene
  2. Grasp mask
    1. Pinch an ear loop style mask at the ear loops or
    2. Grasp a tie style mask by upper ties on surgical mask
  3. Place over face
    1. For ear loop style mask: Secure ear loops behind the ears. Secure mask.
    2. For tie style mask: Secure upper ties first, behind head.
    3. End by securing lower ties behind head.
    4. Perform hand hygiene.
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