Boone Memorial Hospital is responding to a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Although West Virginia has not been affected to date, Boone Memorial Hospital is watching the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus closely. Hospital staff and administration are taking proactive and preventive measures to protect its patients and employees. The hospital's approach is that of aggressive preparedness, not panic.
Boone Memorial has developed a COVID-19 task force. With guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the task force initiative will ensure all staff members are trained, equipped and ready to implement best practices needed to detect the disease, prevent the spread of the disease, compassionately care for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients and prepare for a larger number of patients in the context of an escalating outbreak.
People are encouraged to take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
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An information hotline is now up and running in the state of West Virginia to address public and medical provider questions regarding the Coronavirus.
The hotline is being provided through a long-standing emergency preparedness partnership between DHHR's Bureau for Public Health and the West Virginia Poison Center. Operators are available 24/7. Learn more HERE.
WALK-IN CLINIC IS REROUTING PATIENTS
In an effort to keep sick and well patients separated during the COVID-19 epidemic, the BMH Walk-In Clinic (located on the 1st floor of the Family Medical Center) is temporarily rerouting sick or symptomatic patients to the Black Lung Center located next to the Emergency Room. During normal clinic hours of 8am-6pm, 7 days a week, a patient will be charged the same co-pay as normally charged in the walk-in clinic, until further notice. The Family Medical Center (2nd Floor) and the BMH Medical Clinic (Located off-site beside Madison Post Office) are ONLY seeing well patients in their clinics at this time. However, Telemedicine Services are now available.
BMH BILL PAYMENT OPTIONS
As a reminder, Boone Memorial offers a variety of convenient payment options without having to visit our hospital building. You may access our online Bill Pay or PayPal options HERE. Additional options include mailing your payment or contacting our Business Office to make a payment by phone 304.369.1230, Extension 5100. To best prepare for the increased public health concerns, please be ensured you can access your health care records and payment options via patient portal.