CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Logansport Memorial Hospital is now offering a walk-in respiratory clinic for COVID-19. Doctors and nurses will be on sight screening and testing people with signs and symptoms of the virus.
"We’d like to think that at this point we’re a little bit ahead of the curb in some of the rural areas with opening up this intermediate respiratory clinic," said Logansport Hospital CEO/President Perry Gay.
Gay said the goal for this clinic is getting patients the help they need without overloading the hospital or other healthcare providers.
"We have had a lot of patients that have been going to our express medical center but now they have an opportunity to come here where we separate the patient population," said Gay.
The COVID-19 Clinic is located at the Cass County fairgrounds. It’s open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cass County Health Department Health Officer Dr. Dori Ditty said they’re helping anyone experiencing the common coronavirus symptoms like a fever, cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. This clinic offers flu and coronavirus testing for those experiencing mild symptoms but if symptoms are severe enough, they do suggest patients go straight to the hospitals.
"If we find someone that is needing something, more than what we’re able to provide here, these people will be directed or transported to the hospital for more intensive evaluation.
The clinic has 15 cots and they’re willing to expand if necessary. The examination process works in three steps, first, a patient will go to triage, next they'll be examined, and from there they'll be tested for coronavirus depending on their evaluation results.
"This is something that I don’t think anybody in this room ever thought that we would have to do," said Ryan Browing, Cass County Commissioner.
Browning said figuring out the logistics of this clinic couldn’t have happened without the partnership between the county, the mayor’s office, and hospital leaders.
"Coming here to the fairgrounds was the best thing we had, we got a shelter we could use and we could set up cots," said Browning. "We have restrooms, we have hot water, we have the stuff that we need to do that."
"Right now, we’re going through a rough time but together, we will get through this and that’s the biggest part coming together like a community never before," said Logansport Mayor Chris Martin.
The results for testing take about four to seven days to come back. There are no reported coronavirus cases in Logansport at this time but Gay said it's important they be prepared.
"We do think it’s good that we don’t have any cases but we are also very, very cautious that when it does hit us, we will be prepared, we are prepared now but we will really be behind the A-ball with regards to resources and supplies," said Gay.